Just recently, I have been experiencing a problem with Premiere Pro CS6. For some reason, after I render video after adding some sort of effect (usually RGB curves), the rendered image is blurry in the program monitor. The same goes for text. I will go into RGB curves and tweak it just slightly to get it unrendered and it looks as sharp as can be. Exporting is a whole other issue. So, I render my footage and it all looks blurry, but the final exported mp4 looks just fine, except for the text. The text is still not sharp after render. For now, I do not render my text when I export and the text looks sharp in the final mp4. Anyway to fix this? Or is it just a bug?
Not sure what you mean. Are you asking what my export settings are? If so, I export in h.264 format and I use the YouTube HD 1080 format. That is all I touch for export settings, if that is what you are asking.
There are settings for your renders in the "Sequence Settings" dialog box.
Perhaps you could look under Sequence and Sequence Settings and show us what you see there. If you are editing at 1920X1080, for example, and your renders are half of that size, that could be the reason for you being unhappy with the Program Monitor but not your exports.
That was the issue. For some reason, the preview file format was set to QuickTime DV NTSC 720x480. Not sure how it got like that, but I will be sure to check that before starting a new sequence. Thanks for your help.
I also just discovered something else. Where I work, we use DSLRs and of course this requires external audio recording. We sync in Plural Eyes 3. Well, when we export the synced timeline from Plural Eyes to Premiere, it creates another sequence in our Premiere project. That sequence is always set to the standard def render setting. So for now, I will just be creating a master sequence to copy those files to. Just curious if there is anyone else using Plural Eyes 3 that has that same issue.
I just ran into a similar issue with CS6 Premiere Pro. I have been working on a video for a couple days, and the previews have always looked fine. In fact, I have never had a problem with video footage previews looking sharp. Today, I did a preview render and the selected area turned very, very blurry. If I place the same footage elsewhere in the same time line, the portion that was previewed remains blurry, but the rest of the footage is sharp. This lead me to think something is wrong with my preview render files. I deleted the preview render files, and the footage looked fine until I rendered it again, and the blur came back.
Per Steven Gotz' comment, I looked at my Sequence Settings, and find that the dialog box options for Preview File Format are grayed out. Is there something I need to fix, or am I looking in the wrong area?
BTW, the final output render is perfectly fine when rendered with Media Encoder. I just want to fix the horridly blurry preview, as I am having a hard time evaluating my footage. I have never had this issue before, so I hope there is a simple fix for this.
You might want to post a screen shot of your Sequence Settings so we can take a look.
This is what mine looks like and it is obvious that I can change the format. If yours is disabled, you may be using a setting that can't be changed, I suppose, and you might need to create a new sequence and set the preview format as you create the sequence.
Steven - I am using a mix of AVCHD and MOV video files in the sequence. The sequence was created by dragging an AVCHD file onto the new file icon. I made another sequence with one of the MOV files, and in that case, the Preview File Format options ARE available in the Sequence Settings. Thus, I think the AVCHD files don't allow for changes in the Preview File Format.
Regardless, I have never had a problem with using footage from these two cameras (AVCHD from Panasonic GH2 and MOV from Canon 5D) in the past.
New info: The sequence also has an After Effects sequence within it. That also renders very blurry when I do a render preview. I only did a partial render preview of the area that the AE sequence appears. When I move my current time indicator past the rendered area, the AE data is sharp.
Something is wrong with my render previews...
The Sequence Settings don't allow me to change the preview render codec (grayed out)
Here's an example of a placed AE sequence where a portion was preview rendered.
The preview rendered area becomes blurry:
As I move the current time indicator to a non-preview rendered area, the file returns to normal sharpness:
You said you have AVCHD and MOV video and yet you are editing DV. OK. It is common to edit at the smaller of the frame sizes. However, DV is defined by a set of rules and those rules are not at all kind to titles. On top of that, you are editing 1920X1080 square pixels and previewing 720X480 rectangular pixels. That is apples and oranges. Very odd.
I don't see how you ended up with Quicktime DV as your editing codec and still have 1920X1080.
In any case, previewing DV will always have softer titles. There are ways to make it better, but it will never be as sharp as AVCHD at 1920X1080.
I suggest that you change to a non DV codec, and/or start editing at DV frame sizes if you are editing DV.
Steven - I have always created sequences by dragging my AVCHD footage onto the new file icon. I was under the impression that this would always create a sequence that matches my footage. Due to this method of making sequences, and never having an issue with blurry render previews, I never checked my sequence settings after they were created.
Here's something odd: I just created a couple new sequences by dragging footage to the new document icon, and the sequence settings now say my render previews are 1920x1080. I'm using the exact same footage I used to create the sequence I am having blurry footage with, so something clearly went awry after the problematic sequence was made. The point I'm trying to make is that I wonder if somehow my sequence settings got changed after the sequence was made. Maybe the sequence settings became corrupt?
I copied and pasted my footage into one of the new sequences, and as expected, the preview renders are sharp.
Thanks for your replies.