Image size / format best practices
by Bruce Gaber on Jan 30, 2014 at 6:01:41 pm
OK, after my last totally arcane posting I have a truly newbie question.
I just loaded a 40 frame 16 bit PSD image sequence (thinking I might want to do some subtle color work). And then I began to wonder if I was setting myself up for a big performance hit re RAM preview and rendering. Is this the case? Would it be better practice to work out the details of the project with a JPG sequence and then only pull in the heavy duty files just before color correction and final rendering?
Thanks so much
Photographer / Motion Graphics Artist
With JPEG, your color work will be compromised. It's best to work with the same color fidelity as the final files. I suggest that you instead work with proxies, which are a smaller or lower resolution (pixel-wise) relative to the final files. Take a look at this COW Tutorial here - http://library.creativecow.net/articles/hamad_serge/proxies.php
Having said that, since you only have a small number of frames, you might as well just go ahead and work with the final files, from the very start. I doubt that your system will be greatly troubled by RAM previewing 40 frames. As and when required; when RAM Preview fails to render the entire Work Area, you can always reduce the comp resolution and zoom values.
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