2 Replies Latest reply on Mar 10, 2009 11:15 PM by Mylenium

    SWF project now must be on DVD but is distorted

    jl2000 Level 1
      Hi -

      I made this animation with the end result in mind that it would only be shown via the web/swf/flv - 480x360. It looks great.

      Now I'm being asked to put it on a DVD so it can be played on a DVD player on TV but it's all whacked out.

      I know this is a common problem but I don't know the solution. Is there a setting in AE7-Mac that will handle this conversion??

      TIA some advice.
      JL
        • 1. Re: SWF project now must be on DVD but is distorted
          jl2000 Level 1
          Found a solution for anyone interested or in need. I started learning to use DVD Studio Pro 4 but when the problems started I went a simpler route - iDVD. The solution I found should work on DSP4 as well as iDVD.

          If I put my 480x360 QT into iDVD it came out horrible. Text and graphics were jaggy and ugly. The reason had to do with the processing that the DVD software does to the file. So this time, when I rendered out of AE, I used the settings to Stretch the file to 720x480. When I burned the resulting QT file with iDVD - it came out much, much better. At least good enough for me call it finished. I hope that helps someone out there.

          As I said - the resulting animation was sharper and closer to the 480x360 QT I watched on my desktop. But it could be better. For one thing, the iDVD version is so bright! Is that because of the TV I'm watching on? I don't know of any way to get better results but I hope someone with more experience drops in on this thread.

          Thanks,
          JL
          • 2. Re: SWF project now must be on DVD but is distorted
            Mylenium Most Valuable Participant
            Well, SWF is full head-on RGB and does not contain color profiles or Gamma corrections (it's all done by Flash Player) and without any special prerequisites, conversions may shift colors. Therefore, when rendering from AE, you may be able to improve matters by force-assigning color profiles to your source and to the resulting output. There will always be minor differences, though, due to how Flash works. the slight "softness" is normal - rasterization and filtering in AE are different from Flash's own antialiasing, but in general you will want that to avoid extensive flickering. Just make sure to use continuous rasterization throughout the whole chain. As for your other concerns - there is no perfect way. If you had CS4, you'd export an image sequence from Flash base on the original FLA project or by letting Flash play the SWF on its stage. that's the only way to control everything. If you are regularly doing such things, this would be one good reason to upgrade, even more so, as it's the only way to figure in script-driven content and complex nested Flash symbols.

            Mylenium