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Is it, by chance 24pa footage?
Yes it is 24 p footage. But this was just the final straw for me. I have had this trouble with any kind of footage I upload. It all looks fuzzy, exports fuzzy and interlaced, despite new hardware
The fuzziness in your preview monitor is probably because you have the preview quality set to "automatic" or "draft". If you set it to "Highest Quality" it should look very good, albeit possibly pretty harsh on your processors.
At the bottom of your preview monitor look for a tiny icon that looks like 3 circles, click that and that's where you change the preview quality setting. This does NOT in any way affect the export, by the way.
The bad quality in your exports is a different story. We'd need exact specs as to what format, codecs, bitrates etc. you are exporting to.
You have to tell Premiere to do the 24p pulldown for you by right clicking the clips in the project folder "interpret footage" then check the box that says 24p pulldown.
This may not solve all your problems but with 24p stuff if you don't interpet footage every forth frame will look interlaced. In the media browser it'll look like that no matter what.
You didn't have to do it in cs3 but you do in cs4.
Ok, good news I right clicked on the footage and put it at highest Quality.(Thank you Desert Boy). I have been exporting footage on DV(24p) Advance. Also Josh, I right clicked on the footage like you said and all I could see was "remove 24p Pulldown" It was unchecked and I could not check it.
I have also been exporting it as an AVI, NTSC 24p Widescreen, and the codec is DV(24p Advance)
You couldn't check it? That is weird.
What kind of P2 footage were you using that didn't work?
What does it say the frame rate of your footage is in the project window? Do you have a yellow bar or red bar above your clips in the timeline. Also what are your sequence settings?
When you click frame to frame are there 3-4 frames normal then 1 interlaced frame? It's more noticeable when there is something moving in frame.
>and the codec is DV(24p Advance)
I don't know about CS4, but tests in previous versions of Premiere showed a significant quality difference if 24p projects were exported as MPEG2-DVD files directly. Exporting out as DV adds pulldown, and had a tendency to mess up the picture. With a 24p MPEG file onto DVD, the player will add the pulldown during playback. This gave better visual results.