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Daniel Brown
Advice appreciated-Losing resolution when switching from MP4 to H.264
on Sep 17, 2015 at 8:58:52 pm

Hello everybody,

I am totally new at video editing, so please forgive my question if it seems elementary, or if I am not explaining myself correctly.

I have footage on my computer which is in MP4. It is crisp, and looks perfect.

I am trying to go from 3840 X 2180 in MP4 to 960 X 540 H.264

After rendering the footage, everything looks good, but not great.

Somehow my footage has lost a bit of the crispness. It appears in each of the videos I am rendering.

I am using After Effects CC.

Suggestions, and guidance will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.


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Frank Feijen
Re: Advice appreciated-Losing resolution when switching from MP4 to H.264
on Sep 17, 2015 at 10:07:29 pm

When looking at the downscaled footage, is your viewer at 100% or more?
Furthermore: what bitrate did you choose for the conversion?


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Daniel Brown
Re: Advice appreciated-Losing resolution when switching from MP4 to H.264
on Sep 17, 2015 at 10:38:01 pm

Viewer I believe is normal. It was saved onto my desktop and when I click on it, it plays.

I do need to clarify one thing (I did warn everybody I was new...so please forgive me.)

The person who had sent the video to me had it labeled at MP4, yet as I load the video into After Effects it displays at the top left where the video sits

:millions of colors
:H.264

So I am guessing this means it is already in H.264 which is still confusing me because I thought perhaps the footage was getting blurry do to a different codec.

Within the Composition box I have chosen "Square pixels" (Aspect ratio 16:9)

Full resolution 31.6 MB per 8 bpc frame.

Hopefully this is what you were asking of me.


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