Okay, this has been annoying me for a while now...
When i apply the standard glow effect to an object it automatically becomes all jagged and staircased.
The best example is when i was apply it to a text layer. the text looks real smooth and nice, but what would seal it would be a nice warm glow!
i hit effect>stylize>glow...and yeeeeuuugh! horrible jaggy edges and the stairway to hell. :-(
I have played with the settings, and reducing the glow threshold, radius and intensity helps, but to make it smooth you have to remove it altogether.
I know this seems like a pretty basic sorta thing, but i have seen the exact same thing on TV and it looks awesome. im sure they are using AE to make them as well.
I actually applied the same glow to some footage to give it a different feel, and its happens to footage too!
Okay, im sure this is something that happens, and it sorta must go hand in hand with the effect. but does anyone have a way of doing this right? I think sapphire make a glow plugin, does thaty work better?
Sorry if this is a long post for a simple problem, but i wanted to ask about this for a while!
And it doesn't matter what codec i render to, they all look the same.
and changing fonts doesn't really help all that much.
Turn off Open GL in AE. Don't preview with it, and don't render with it. Open GL rarely helps and often hurts.
While you're at it, turn off multiprocessing, too. You simply don't have enough RAM to make it worth using. I have a dual quad-core Mac Pro at work with 8 GB RAM, and I don't even THINK about using multiprocessing.
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