3 Replies Latest reply on Aug 6, 2008 2:46 AM by Mylenium

    Avi files

      When I export avi files from After Effects, they end up looking strange. All the shading gets messed up, like this:

      http://a726.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/128/l_d3d50c9f253d6730cf32076654bd022d.jpg

      it should look smoother, like its been made out of plasticine, because it was made out of plasticine. It looked ok in after effects, then it just got muffed.

      I'm new so be nice ;)
        • 1. Re: Avi files
          (Steve_Patterson) Level 1
          Hey Kai.
          Are you using the "Render Queue" or the "File>Export" function? It's possible that you're rendering/exporting out a compressed version of your footage that is causing it to lose quality. Check out the online help for information on rendering:

          AboutRendering
          • 2. Re: Avi files
            Navarro Parker Level 3
            Looks about normal for AVIs ;) I kid! I kid!

            Looks like whatever codec you picked for your AVI is clamping it down to 256 colors (or less). It looks very Cinepaky or Indeo-ish. What codec are you using?
            • 3. Re: Avi files
              Mylenium Most Valuable Participant
              As the others already mentioned, check how you are rendering the composition. The only AVI CoDec bundled with Windows that does not ruin your colors is Uncompressed. All others do damage and unfortunately on Windows systems the default presets use them, so if you don't do anything about it, it will naturally ruin your output more or less. If you are merely interested in desktop playback, use WMV. If you want to keep your files editable, look into downloading some third-party CoDecs e.g. from Blackmagic. Otherwise simply switch to Quicktime. It's much less trouble and offers a wider selection of suitable CoDecs.

              Mylenium