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daniel persson
Zooming into a ultra high-res image!
on May 3, 2011 at 1:08:51 pm

Hey I need some help fast!

Iv'e been asked to make a zoom that goes into a picture that is over 20000 x 20000. The idea is that you zoom really close into this giant star shaped image with lots of detail and move around. But even though my system is pretty good I can't work with anything that high. I've tried to cut the image into smaller pieces and parent via null and it's seems to work but doesn't seem ideal. Any ideas or suggestions? what do you normally do if you have to zoom into a really high-res


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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: Zooming into a ultra high-res image!
on May 3, 2011 at 2:25:14 pm

It depends a lot on what kind of image- is it a photograph or artwork that can be vectorized? If it's a photo the way you started is a good one- cutting the image in pieces and parenting them to a null.
If it's artwork that can be converted to vector then it's worth doing that and then you'll be able to zoom in as close as you want and not worry about size.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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daniel persson
Re: Zooming into a ultra high-res image!
on May 3, 2011 at 2:36:30 pm

it is photoshop artwork.


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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: Zooming into a ultra high-res image!
on May 3, 2011 at 2:49:21 pm

Then it is best to vectorize that artwork in AI using live trace and then use the vector image in AE.

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/11/15/illustrator-s-live-trace-sketch-...
http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to-vectorize-graphics-adobe-illustrator-4143...

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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daniel persson
Re: Zooming into a ultra high-res image!
on May 3, 2011 at 2:52:14 pm

thanks for the suggestion, seems interesting but I don't think our graphic designer can do that. The image is very detailed and could look a bit like this:

http://rblm.dk/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/somersby_ny.jpg


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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: Zooming into a ultra high-res image!
on May 3, 2011 at 3:33:06 pm

Anything can be vectorized in AI - it may take a little time though, that's all.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Zooming into a ultra high-res image!
on May 3, 2011 at 3:03:19 pm

You may be able to overcome the problem by turning off multiprocessing. AE can then use the memory available to it on this one big layer. It may be slower, but the job might get done. I can't give a straight answer because we don't know anything about your system other than it's "pretty good".

And don't forget to use a proxy as you work on the animation:
http://help.adobe.com/en_US/aftereffects/cs/using/WSB356ACD2-AF59-4604-B378...

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


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Michael Szalapski
Re: Zooming into a ultra high-res image!
on May 3, 2011 at 5:14:05 pm

How much do you need to move around? If you just need to zoom in, then move a little bit, you can use the technique here [link] for the zoom, then crop your final image so you only use as big of an image as you need for the moving around part.

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