4 Replies Latest reply on Mar 5, 2008 3:21 PM by Jonas Hummelstrand

    blurry camera movement

      I am exporting a sequence where I am using the camera in After Effects to move around pictures placed in 3D space. This sequence is then imported into FCP. I am using Animation to export out of After Effects, and using that sequence in a DV timeline in FCP. When to camera is moving the pictures are very blurry even with no motion blur applied. However, when I stay on the picture with minimal movement the pictures are clear. I am not moving to camera that fast. Could I be using the wrong settings to render for a DV timeline, or is this just how it is when you move the camera in 3D space?

      Thanks
        • 1. Re: blurry camera movement
          Mylenium Most Valuable Participant
          AE uses filtering to prevent flicker on the "textures" (your 3D layers). Depending on the direction and speed of the motion, this can look blurry. You could switch the layers to draft quality to suppress it, but then you'll have other issues. Also make sure you are not using OpenGL for final rendering! Its filtering is even worse.

          Mylenium
          • 2. Re: blurry camera movement
            Jonas Hummelstrand Level 2
            If you don't have motion blur checked for your layers, then I'd suggest there's something wrong with either your render settings in AE or your import into FCP.Use the Render Queue, not the "Export" out of AE.

            Here's what the manual says about Motion Blur:
            i http://livedocs.adobe.com/en_US/AfterEffects/8.0/WS3878526689cb91655866c1103906c6dea-7d5c .html

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            • 3. Re: blurry camera movement
              bogiesan-gyyClL Level 3
              > I am using Animation to export out of After Effects, and using that sequence in a DV timeline in FCP.

              Is the movie out of AE clean? That is, is it the render out of FCP that gets all messed up?
              If you are not compositing the movie onto another layer in FCP, do not use Animation, just use DV out of After Effects.

              I've done this effect often, flying around images hanging in space. The results are ususlay stunning.
              There are many factors that add up to the whole image such as depth of filed, shadow dispersion, motion blur, how the images were created or nested; all kinds of weird little options.

              bogiesan
              • 4. Re: blurry camera movement
                Jonas Hummelstrand Level 2
                Noooo! Don't compress to DV (unless you don't modify that clip in any way in your editor, including adding transitions, color corrections or anything similar) because you will loose quality when FCP has to recompress to DV.

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