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Robby Monk
Comp Settings & Lossless
on May 20, 2014 at 7:33:20 pm

I am a beginner in the video world. I just learned how to spell DSLR - that is how young I am in this industry.

The footage I am shooting seems a bit soft (not sharp), and I am not sure if I have my comp settings set correctly and/or rendering out my footage properly.

I shoot with a Canon 7d. I shoot at 1920x1080 (24fps) and have my comp settings at HDTV 1080 25. When I render, I am using Quicktime with MPEG - 4video.

Is this correct or am I a complete idiot with the wrong settings?


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Walter Soyka
Re: Comp Settings & Lossless
on May 21, 2014 at 12:54:23 pm

[Robby Monk] "The footage I am shooting seems a bit soft (not sharp), and I am not sure if I have my comp settings set correctly and/or rendering out my footage properly."

Are you sure the footage itself is sharp? Depending on your lens choices, your depth of field may be very shallow, which makes maintaining tack-sharp focus very challenging.


[Robby Monk] "I shoot at 1920x1080 (24fps) and have my comp settings at HDTV 1080 25. When I render, I am using Quicktime with MPEG - 4video."

Why the frame rate difference between your footage and your comp?

Also, I'd suggest dumping QuickTime/MPEG-4. For general use, I'd suggest you instead render with the lossless preset, then use Adobe Media Encoder to make an H.264 MP4.

Walter Soyka
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Robby Monk
Re: Comp Settings & Lossless
on May 21, 2014 at 1:04:28 pm

Thanks Walter. No clue why I was off with the frame rate and my comp. Chalk that up to my stupidity.

I will try your suggestion on using the Lossless preset. So once that is rendered, I then drop that finished file into Adobe Media Encoder? I'll let you know how that turns out!

Thanks again!
Robby


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Walter Soyka
Re: Comp Settings & Lossless
on May 21, 2014 at 1:50:12 pm

[Robby Monk] "No clue why I was off with the frame rate and my comp. Chalk that up to my stupidity."

Let's chalk it up to being a beginner!

Since you're new to After Effects, I'd recommend the following link, in which Adobe's Todd Kopriva pulls together some important introductory materials:

http://blogs.adobe.com/toddkopriva/2010/01/getting-started-with-after-eff.h...


[Robby Monk] "I will try your suggestion on using the Lossless preset. So once that is rendered, I then drop that finished file into Adobe Media Encoder?"

Yes, using an H.264 preset. I like the Vimeo H.264 presets as a good starting point.

Walter Soyka
Principal & Designer at Keen Live
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
RenderBreak Blog - What I'm thinking when my workstation's thinking
Creative Cow Forum Host: Live & Stage Events


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Robby Monk
Re: Comp Settings & Lossless
on May 21, 2014 at 5:30:04 pm

Excellent. Thank you!


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Daniel Waldron
Re: Comp Settings & Lossless
on May 22, 2014 at 9:29:17 pm

Adobe TV and and Andrew Kramer's Basic Training are also great free resources to teach yourself the basics of After Effects.


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