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Aaron Neitz10bit Quicktimes @ 2180x720 super blocky
by on Jan 5, 2010 at 7:47:56 pm

CS4 on a Mac (10.5.8)

Exported a 1280x720 sequence as a 10bit uncompressed QT. Looks great in QT player. CS4 reads it as a VERy chunky/blocky file.... looks like I'm in quarter proxy mode!

Any thoughts?


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Dave LaRondeRe: 10bit Quicktimes @ 2180x720 super blocky
by on Jan 5, 2010 at 8:19:26 pm

Check your Interpret Footage settings. It sounds like AE's trying to separate fields on this footage for some reason, but I bet it started life as progressive footage.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Aaron NeitzRe: 10bit Quicktimes @ 2180x720 super blocky
by on Jan 5, 2010 at 8:26:29 pm

That was my initial thought too - but it's seeing it correctly as progressive.

the only codec I can export from FCP that's working is "none." This project was given to me with a bunch of greenscreen as "none" codec. I'm going to go foward with it like this, but I still don't understand what's happening.

UPDATE: it works FINE in CS3 on the same computer. All the codecs.



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Dave LaRondeRe: 10bit Quicktimes @ 2180x720 super blocky
by on Jan 5, 2010 at 10:12:02 pm

Okay, here's another shot in the dark: the footage isn't 1280x720 but actually 960x 720, and in AE9 you're looking at it with the pixel aspect ratio compensation turned on.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Aaron NeitzRe: 10bit Quicktimes @ 2180x720 super blocky
by on Jan 5, 2010 at 10:51:48 pm

Need to do more thorough testing, but ANY 1280x720 footage @ 23.98fps is having this issue. Just in CS4.








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Dave LaRondeRe: 10bit Quicktimes @ 2180x720 super blocky
by on Jan 5, 2010 at 11:15:57 pm

Any time I see "23.98", it raises a red flag.

You actually mean 23.976, right? And you're working in a 23.976 comp, right? Because you know full well that 23.98 is just a nickname for 23.976, right?

And that is some God-awful-looking video. If you haven't done so already, double-check the footage's specs in both AE & QT Pro.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Aaron NeitzRe: 10bit Quicktimes @ 2180x720 super blocky
by on Jan 5, 2010 at 11:26:33 pm

Right on all accounts. 23.976, Square pixels (not 960x720). Comp matches footage. But it even looks like that in the footage viewer!

I believe the QT engine might be frazzled. In the info panel for different footage, under Millions of Colors, I'm getting things like "apch" for ProRes, "qelr" for animation codec, "912v" for uncompressed, and "62vd" for DVCPRO standard def. Whereas in CS3 it properly reports the codec.

Last time I updated my Kona 3 software I also loaded the AJA Mac Plugins for CS4. But that caused output problems so I uninstalled them. I'll reinstall After Effects and see if that solves the problem.


Thanks for the help David!



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Aaron NeitzRe: 10bit Quicktimes @ 2180x720 super blocky
by on Jan 6, 2010 at 12:00:19 am

Yep. It was the AJA Adobe plugins for CS4. Cleaned 'em out and everything is crispy again.




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Dave LaRondeRe: 10bit Quicktimes @ 2180x720 super blocky
by on Jan 6, 2010 at 3:25:17 pm

Glad you got it sorted out! Boy, it seem like everyone has to update AJA software all the time. Fortunately, I hear nothing but good things about AJA Customer Service, which really eases the pain.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Larry WhiteRe: 10bit Quicktimes @ 2180x720 super blocky
by on May 2, 2011 at 12:58:27 pm

Hi there, I've been searching for a solution to my problem on Ae. I found this thread and although it's a bit late I shope you can help. Im trying to set my text to 5px and as soon as I do this it goes pixelated. I'm newish to Ae as I mainly use Ps and Ai for work. I've changed the composition size to 730px x 480px because I need it to fit some pages from a book on which I am projecting.


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