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A little more information would be helpful to diagnosing your problem e.g. format, bitrate, resolution, source, etc.
Man your quick with OE.
Compress a file as a quicktime using the Animation Codec. It looks terrible right? This not OE. This is a CS4 problem. With the Animation codec you ahve no user variables.
Yes he needs to give more details but you shouldn't assume OE. AME does have problems.
More details? Sure.
I'm trying to export it as a MPEG2 DVD file. The quality is set to 5. Bitrate is set to 2, 5, and 9. Resolution is set to default, 720x480. It's on VBR, 2 Pass. The source is a converted .vob file to .mpg. I'm just not getting the same quality of video that I did with CS3. All the settings seem to be the same. The result with CS4 is a very blurry video.
The new update is out. It updated both Premiere Pro and AME. I am still having this problem. I even checked the two maximum (don't remember what it is called) things on a new project.
Is the source material also DV (720x480)?
Also you can try to increase the bitrate ,set it to some higer values that should improve the quality but mind you this will take more time in rendering
what is OE?
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Yes, 720x480. I can increase the bitrate, but then it won't fit on a DVD. As previously stated, I've been getting better quality videos with CS3 Premiere Pro by using the same settings. There must be something wrong with AME.
How are you viewing the video when you make your quality determination? Is it in some sort of preview or software player on the computer or is it on a burned disc that is displayed on the destination display device?
At first I just burned it because I wasn't expecting any problems. Then I did several tests and viewed it with different software.
What are your detailed sequence settings? Do you have "Use Preview Files" checked in the AME?
Where is this "Use Preview Files" option? I don't see it.
Found it. Used it. A slight increase in video quality, but still not on par with the quality I got in CS3.
Actually, I was going to suggest that "Use Preview Files" would probably degrade your video quality, depending on what you settings you chose for the sequence.
I'll ask again - what are your sequence settings?
"The source is a converted .vob file to .mpg."
That could be part of the problem...I've never had the best results when taking a file from a DVD and dropping it into PPro.
"Bitrate is set to 2, 5, and 9."
Try adjusting to the bit rate to 1.5, 4, and 7 (with quality set to 5)and see what that yields...if it's a long video, do just a short test...
It looked closer to the actual video with "Use Preview Files."
Sequence settings? Widescreen 48kHz, everything at default settings.
I've had audio problems, but never video problems by converting it into .mpg.
It looks just about the same with 1.5, 4, and 7.
>Sequence settings? Widescreen 48kHz, everything at default settings
My "default" sequence settings when I start a new project are for AVCHD video, because those presets are first in the list. Is that what you're using? That would explain a lot.
A new sequence inside of an existing project defaults to the last settings that I chose for a previous sequence.
My point is that by saying, "everything at default settings", you're not providing enough information.
DV - NTSC: Widescreen 48kHz
Editing mode: DV NTSC
Timebase: 29.97 fps
Pixel aspect ratio: D1 Widescreen 1.2121
Fields: Lower field first
Display format: 30fps drop-frame timecode
Preview file format: NTSC DV
Codec: DV NTSC
Under playback settings-
External device: none
Aspect ratio conversion: hardware
Disable video output when in the background is checked.
24p conversion method: interlaced frame (2:3:3:2)
Did you shoot 24p?
Unless you Interpret footage and check the 24pa pulldown box for the clips you bad interlacing. It doesn't do it automatically.
I've figured it out! I had to conform the video to lower field from upperfield in the interpret footage settings. It was set on default to read from file, which was upper field. Upper field makes the video blurry.
Thanks for all your help guys. I wasn't expecting much, but we got up to 20 posts.
Glad you got it worked out. :)
Have to wonder how the file came in as UFF, though. I believe that only happens with PAL footage captured using Matox.
Somewhere in the thread, the OP mentions that it's MPEG-2, ripped from a DVD. Depending on the original encoding source, MPEG-2 is often UFF. I literally just finished a project that aged me 30 years, because I was mixing source from a ripped DVD with a downconverted 1080/24p HD video, to be output back to DVD. I spent hours dealing with flip-flopped fields and jittery motion, before I finally cracked the riddle.
The solution: reverse the field dominance of the DVD-sourced media. AME spits out LFF MPEG-2 (by default, it seems), and that just wasn't jiving with the source MPEG-2. Once the field dominance was reversed, all was right with the world.
I had encountered this issue before, and completely spaced on it. Obviously, MPEG-2 is hardly a decent source, but sometimes you've got to use what you've got...
>the OP mentions that it's MPEG-2, ripped from a DVD
You're right. I missed that.
Unfortunately, I'm encountering a new problem. The video is jittery, on fast motion areas.