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Hugues Kir
Time Code for VERY small screen
on Jan 30, 2019 at 9:22:31 am

Hey friends,

I'm trying to do a time code for a LED Screen. The resolution is 13x7.
In theory I have enough space for my digits but I can't seem to avoid interpolation of the pixel or anti alias.

I've tried the mosaic and sharpen effect with no result. Same for quality at draft where the whole thing becomes a block or the Switch in the time line.
How do I get my pixel sharp and square?

Thanks for your time and help!


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Brian Holzknecht
Re: Time Code for VERY small screen
on Jan 30, 2019 at 10:44:09 am

Although this isn't related to expressions and should probably be posted in the generic after effects section, here is something that will hopefully help.
In my opinion the key to making this work is using a font that is suitable, then adding a levels adjustment and adjust the alpha channel in the levels effect to remove all unwanted anti aliasing. I am using a font from dafont called blocks to make my example work.

Hope that helps,


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Bouke Vahl
Re: Time Code for VERY small screen
on Jan 30, 2019 at 2:01:50 pm

I can only add that normally TC is displayed in a monospaced font so it won't jump around.
but this is going to be unreadable anyways. What is it for, humans? (If not, you have some 6 bytes of data for a monochrome QR alike code, that is plenty.)


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