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Diego Bergia
Enlarging a clip and keeping the pixels crisp
on Sep 28, 2010 at 2:42:08 pm

Hi,
I have recently animated a piece in the style of a 16-bit video game.
Since I wanted it to look completely authentic, I worked to the resolution of 320x224.
To display this animation, it will be playing in an arcade cabinet on an old computer monitor. The monitor will be hooked up to my PC, with the animation on loop.
My problem is, I do not know how to enlarge my clip and keep the pixels from blurring. In photoshop, I would use the nearest neighbour option instead of bicubic. And even then, I would need to enlarge by increments of %25 to make it look perfect.
I just want the animation to fit my monitor, and have crispy big pixels like they did when I played arcade games in the early 1990's.
Is there a way to do this in after effects?
I do not know flash, but would there be an option there?
Thanks for reading this, I hope someone can help.
Diego


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Enlarging a clip and keeping the pixels crisp
on Sep 28, 2010 at 4:12:44 pm

You might try the Mosaic Effect.

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


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Diego Bergia
Re: Enlarging a clip and keeping the pixels crisp
on Sep 28, 2010 at 4:54:38 pm

Thanks for the suggestion Dave.
If what you mean is, scale my animation clip to size, then add the mosaic effect, I worry that this may be more of a "cheat" than a solution.
Meaning it will pixelize my animation again, but not matching the exact animation/artwork.
Am I wrong?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Enlarging a clip and keeping the pixels crisp
on Sep 28, 2010 at 5:10:19 pm

I don't even know if it's going to look right for you. I'm suggesting that you experiment with it. I don't think you'll break anything.

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


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Diego Bergia
Re: Enlarging a clip and keeping the pixels crisp
on Sep 28, 2010 at 5:12:02 pm

Gotcha, thanks again Dave I'll play around with it.
After work that is.
If anyone else has suggestions please hit me up...


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Kevin Camp
Re: Enlarging a clip and keeping the pixels crisp
on Sep 28, 2010 at 5:37:15 pm

you could also try scaling the comp up with 'draft' quality settings for that layer (it's the check box that looks like a diagonal line in the layer switches, click it so it looks jaggy).

this should prevent pixel interpolation for that layer as you scale it.

when you render, you'll also need to click the render settings and choose 'draft' also.

Kevin Camp
Senior Designer
KCPQ, KMYQ & KRCW


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Diego Bergia
Re: Enlarging a clip and keeping the pixels crisp
on Sep 28, 2010 at 6:00:06 pm

I'll try that too... Thanks!


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John Cuevas
Re: Enlarging a clip and keeping the pixels crisp
on Sep 28, 2010 at 6:27:26 pm

Not sure how to exactly go about this in AE, but since you know of a way of accomplishing it in photoshop, couldn't you export a tif sequence, create an action in photoshop that would scale up the way you want and save, then just import into AE and create your animation.

Johnny Cuevas, Editor
http://www.thinkck.com


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Diego Bergia
Re: Enlarging a clip and keeping the pixels crisp
on Sep 28, 2010 at 6:30:11 pm

That's an amazing idea!


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Mathieu Galarneau
Re: Enlarging a clip and keeping the pixels crisp
on Mar 10, 2011 at 7:34:26 pm

Click Image, Image Size, Type in what ever size you want, Then at the bottom of that window, make sure that "Nearest Neighbor (preserve hard edges)" has a check beside it. Tah-Dah! :D


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