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Donal Hanafinfuzzy after effects
by on May 5, 2010 at 1:48:42 pm

Hi there,
I'm doing a video for our new web app and for some reason it's coming out a bit blurry and soft, is there any way I can sharpen it up? C&C welcome too



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Steve RobertsRe: fuzzy after effects
by on May 5, 2010 at 2:31:45 pm

I think it's the compression. This is FLV, right? Make a version compressed to Animation or PNG codec and compare a frame. If the compressed version looks soft, your AE project is fine -- it's the compression.

You could post in the Compression Techniques forum to refine your compression technique, but to my eye, this looks normal for web-capable video. But I'm not a compression expert.



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Donal HanafinRe: fuzzy after effects
by on May 5, 2010 at 4:35:21 pm

Hi steve,
I don't think it's the compression, it's a problem I've always had with after effects. I use cs 2 at the moment so maybe the font rendering isn't great on it. The text is fuzzy in the comp window too, I have quality at full and view set to 10o%. The movie had to go through a double compression, but I'll export it directly as a .flv later on and re-upload it

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Walter SoykaRe: fuzzy after effects
by on May 5, 2010 at 5:14:18 pm

Do you have the text items pre-composed? If so, have you checked the Collapse Transformations/Continuously Rasterize checkbox?

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Dan QuinteroRe: fuzzy after effects
by on May 5, 2010 at 6:51:51 pm

Have you looked at the Render Settings to make sure nothing's set to anything like "low quality" or what-not?

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Donal HanafinRe: fuzzy after effects
by on May 10, 2010 at 11:03:34 am

I'm rendering from the file > export option and rendering as a h.264 qt. but even in the comp window it still doesn't look as sharp as I'd like it to be.

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Dan QuinteroRe: fuzzy after effects
by on May 10, 2010 at 2:27:36 pm

What's your pixel aspect ratio? If it's not square your edges, especially round ones, can look kind of funky. Switch it to square in your comp' settings and see what happens. Or zoom in on a rounded part of some text and toggle your aspect ratio switch.


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Donal HanafinRe: fuzzy after effects
by on May 10, 2010 at 11:02:36 am

the text is all in the comp, but it just doesn't seem sharp. I've got motion blur on but the text is still slightly fuzzy even when the camera's not moving.

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Dan QuinteroRe: fuzzy after effects
by on May 11, 2010 at 4:39:44 pm

Can you post a screen shot of the whole AE window with the problem (timeline, viewer, etc.)?

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Donal HanafinRe: fuzzy after effects
by on May 19, 2010 at 4:08:38 pm

here's a screenshot of the entire project, it doesn't make any difference to the quality if I turn motion blur on or off it the camera has stopped.

ae-screenshot.jpg

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Walter SoykaRe: fuzzy after effects
by on May 19, 2010 at 4:20:55 pm

It looks like there's a drop shadow layer style on your text layer -- is that the softening you're talking about?

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Donal HanafinRe: fuzzy after effects
by on May 20, 2010 at 9:45:52 am

i have shadows enabled using lights so that's casting shadows, I've turned off shadows but it just doesn't seem to have that really sharp crisp effect that I'm looking for

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Michael SzalapskiRe: fuzzy after effects
by on May 11, 2010 at 7:53:15 pm

What happens when you turn the motion blur switch off?
Also, is the text layer scaled up?

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Dan QuinteroRe: fuzzy after effects
by on May 20, 2010 at 5:06:01 pm

What's your pixel aspect ratio?

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Donal HanafinRe: fuzzy after effects
by on May 21, 2010 at 1:47:53 pm

my pixel aspect ratio is square so that has no effect.

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Donal HanafinRe: fuzzy after effects
by on Jun 11, 2010 at 2:50:26 pm

For anybody with a similar problem in the future it turns out I had depth of field turned on in the camera I was using so that's what was causing it. I think the default setting when you create a camera is to have it turned on so be careful. that problem has made so many animations I've done fuzzy.

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