Oh man - I've spent a day and a half just re-rendering the same project over and over as I make changes all over the place trying to get this problem fixed.
I posted the problem yesterday, maybe i just didn't give enough information. First, understand I've been using AE on this machine for quite some time, and it's a fast i7 PC w/24MB mem.
All of a sudden I have this output problem. The output MP4 video just looks like it's underwater! Horrible.
I'm so frustrated with it that I'm ready to uninstall AE and re-install it! ( Even though I really don't think that will fix anything!) I've just run out of things to look at...
Even completed projects are broke now:
I always work in HDTV1080 29.97, and never had this problem before, but when I load up some of my older videos (that worked/rendered great in the past) they have the same problem now: render is crap!
Preview Window looks great:
While in AE editor/preview, even full screen on my 30" monitor everything looks great - crisp - sharp - fantastic!
No footage imported, just psp file, 1920x1080:
Everything is imported psp files, no other footage, then the psp layers are animated, and mp3 audio track added.
Could a recent Adobe update have messed with me somehow?
A simple test:
As a quick test I start a new project, bring in a couple simple psp layers (1920x1080), use the settings pasted below, and render is crap! blurry, artifacts everywhere, pixelated!
Maybe i changed something somewhere and not aware of it?
(these settings are so basic and simple, I'm almost ashamed to post them (meaning it has to be deeper somewhere).
AE CS6 , Version 18.104.22.168
it's just setup for your basic HD 1080 video...
I am totally lost.....any ideas? tips? suggestions? A friend recommended suicide! LOL!
Your bitrate is way too low. It is not even good for one of those old multimedia cdrom video.
DVD bitrate is about 6 to 8Mbps. Bluray is 28 to 35MBps. If your not compressing for web or doesn't have to fit a long full feature film on bluray, you should use CBR.
Agree. Anything below 5 Mbps is suicide for full HD.
That is exactly what it was - I've never messed with the bitrate, I must have unknowingly changed it somehow.
Problem solved - THANK YOU GUYS!