The previews of the 2 images you posted look identical in Firefox -- I had to click on each one to see any difference in the images. So for anyone looking to help, don't give up just because the 2 previews look the same.
I'm pretty sure it's an export settings problem. Please post a screenshot of the Video tab of your export settings. Include as many of the settings as you can.
Please do what Jeff suggested and post the screen capture.
And, if possible post the Ae comp so that we can try it for ourselves.
The media is 1280X720, but is that what you are exporting? I read the post again but could not quite tell and your pictures are much smaller than that.
I only ask because while I see that the second image is much softer, it is difficult to tell exactly what is going on without more information.
Stick with us. We'll get to the bottom of this together.
Jeff and Steven -- first I want to say a big THANK YOU! I really appreciate your willingness to help me. Like I said, this has been really frustrating.
Okay, I've posted a screenshot of the export tab that I'd like to use (that doesn't work), below. It's just one of dozens of different configurations I tried, that didn't work.
This second image is a screenshot of the only export setting that I was able to get to work (which generated the ginormous file).
This third image is an export screen with the "Match Sequence Settings" checkbox selected. Thought that it might be revealing.
Steven, to answer your question -- yes, the original media is 1280 x 720, and that is also what I'm exporting. The only reason the screenshots look so small is because I cropped them. When I went to post an image on this forum, there was a message that says the maximum image width that can be posted is 405 pixels and that larger images would be scaled down. So I simply cropped the images to that size so as to provide a non-altered version. Maybe that message was just referring to the thumbnail size? I've posted larger images this time.
Sorry for the delay -- I'm still figuring out how to post the individual AE comp... Is there a preferred method?
I'm not seeing anything obvious here. As a test, turn off Maximum Render Quality.
I dont think harikiri is the way to go, a bit messy.
I looked closely at the two screendumps. The yellow text is for both the same. Its the red text.
Its either the 3D text itself or the red color bleading out.
In any case do not use option 3 because that used the preview codec.
Where dit you take the crisp screen dump from.
Thank you Jim. I just tried turning it off, and using the first export option. Still no dice.
How exactly are you viewing these exports?
Fine, I'll postpone the harikiri... for now.
Good observation about the yellow text. I was also thinking that it might have something to do with the 3D text.
The crisp screen dump is taken from within Adobe Premiere -- the preview window. Now if only it would output like that (without having to resort to the unworkable option 2 above).
I've tried viewing them in VLC Media Player and Windows Media Player.
What's it look like when you bring the MP4 back into PP?
Try a different color for 'skins'; like the yellow you used for awakening.
Now I feel like I'm going crazy, because I can't change the text color. Or perhaps, more correctly -- the text color won't change. Something's going on here.
When I change the color, do I have to generate a new spot light to get it to show?
Here are my settings, if they help:
- I'm using the Ray-traced 3D Renderer
- Ray-tracing Quality: 8
- Anti-aliaising Fliter: Box
Ah, it was caching the view. That explains it. I'm going to attempt to change the color and reduce the Ray-tracing Quality to 6 to see if that helps...
Not sure what the Anti-aliaising Fliter: Box does?
Me either. But this is encouraging... After I changed th color and reduced the Ray-tracing Quality to 6, and exported from After Effects using the H264 encoder, the 3D text actually looked pretty good! Unfortunately the other video elements were all pixellated. So now I'm trying again with a 50 Mbps Bitrate to see if that solves everything.
If that works, I'll then try exporting the linked comp in Premiere Pro and I should be good to go... But I'm getting ahead of myself. I'm not putting my katana away just yet. Stay tuned...
Like Belloq said right after he opened up the lost ark: "It's beautifuuuuuuuulll!"
Before my head explodes, I wanted to tell everyone that it worked! So it was that damn Ray-tracing Quality setting.
So to recap, here's what reckon happened:
- My computer was able to display the higher Ray-tracing Quality setting, but it could not be compressed because that setting used too high of a color depth, blur, or some such.
- So by reducing the setting to a compromising level "6" it exponentially decreased the complexity of the image (but not to the naked eye), thereby allowing other video codec export possibilities. If you stare at it for long enough you can see the difference between level 6 and level 8, but since the final product is for the web, and only appears on screen for a few seconds, no one will notice.
I've included my final settings that I used to render the file, in case anyone else goes a searchin' for the answers. A couple notes:
- Use whatever settings that are native to your source media. I used PAL and 25 fps, only because that matched my source.
- Even though I set the target bitrate to 50Mbps, it only utilized 36Mbps. And because it's a compressed format (MP4), it's still a small resulting file size, suitable for upload to YouTube.
THANK YOU everyone who helped me out. Talking though this one saved the day and prevented a ritual suicide.
Great news, and thank you for taking the time to both troubleshoot this issue, and then detailing it. Others will benefit from that.