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Jason Boekeloo
DV footage from AE soft in AVID
on Jun 18, 2010 at 8:45:19 pm

I'm having a frustrating issue when rendering DV footage from After Effects to AVID Media Composer. No matter what we do the footage is notably soft once exported from AE. Our workflow right now: Same as Source, even fields from an AVID DV project. from AE DV Setting Quicktime Lossless.

Any suggestions? We tried using the AVID DV codec from AE but then we had color issues. After Effects is not on the same machine so we cannot use Quicktime Ref from the AVID. Right now I have hate in my heart for the DV format. Thoughts?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: DV footage from AE soft in AVID
on Jun 18, 2010 at 8:53:30 pm

[Jason Boekeloo] "I'm having a frustrating issue when rendering DV footage from After Effects to AVID Media Composer... Right now I have hate in my heart for the DV format. Thoughts?"

Your hate's directed at the right thing, because it's not really AE's fault -- you're recompressing DV, a lossy codec, and you're seeing the loss.

Use DV only as an acquisition codec. Don't cut in it. If you have a choice of codecs to use in your avid edit timeline, use a high-quality one; I'm unfamiliar with avid codecs. Then export for AE, and render in AE in that high-quality codec. It'll help a lot.

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


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Jason Boekeloo
Re: DV footage from AE soft in AVID
on Jun 18, 2010 at 10:23:44 pm

We may have found some luck exporting from AVID as AVID 1:1. The real test will be when the editor pulls it in and signs off on it. Thanks


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Joseph W. Bourke
Re: DV footage from AE soft in AVID
on Jun 19, 2010 at 3:17:56 am

Jason -

There's a set of AVID codecs which you can download from the AVID site, and then output to from AE, although I don't think it will help much with DV, as Dave mentioned above (I consider DV quality to be barely broadcast, although I had to work with it for years). Here's an article that might help you out as well:

http://www.editorsguild.com/v2/magazine/archives/1104/techtips_article01.ht...


Joe Bourke
Creative Director / Multimedia Specialist
B&S Exhibits and Multimedia
bs-exhibits.com


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