What is your source footage?
What was your comp setting?
What was your render setting?
In addition to answering shooternz's questions, please explain how and where you are seeing this blurring. Ideally, post some screenshots, too.
Just to add a third vote: Yes, please do provide more details, screenshots (attach via the camera icon) and a description of what you actually do. Blanket statements are of no use. You could be using wrong footage interpretartion, wrong render settings, transform your layer unfavorably, apply a destructive effect... Nobody can tell from your sparse words.
shooternz, Todd, Mylenium, thanks a lot for your willingness to help!
So that our conversation would be more efficient and effective I rather provide footages themselves instead of mere screenshots.
Here is the original source: http://www.filefactory.com/file/b2h9564/n/00030.MTS As we can see, it’s quality is far from being perfect.
So as to stabilise video, I applied proDAD Mercalli plug-in. The outcome is still acceptable: http://www.filefactory.com/file/b2h83d8/n/00030_Stabilised_.mp4
The next manipulations with multiple layers colour correction were done in AE.
First method was using Adobe dynamic links from Pr Pro to AE. After Effects created composition automatically, recognising all the necessary settings. The second one was creating new AE project, importing the source and dragging it into ‘Create a new composition’ icon – all the necessary composition settings were also created automatically.
Therefore, in first case I didn’t do a finger touch over rendering settings – all changes done in AE were automatically transferred into Pr Pro.
In second case I used ‘Best settings’ in ‘Render Settings’, ‘H.264’ in ‘Output module’ and 16 Mbps bitrate in ‘Format Options’.
Here is the result: http://www.filefactory.com/file/b2h86ch/n/Idyll._00030.mp4 (In fist case I assessed the result after exporting the footage from Pr Pro into MP4 file)
Effects applied in AE while doing colour correction: ‘Auto Levels’ and ‘Curves’.
Please, tell me if some other details are missed.
Mmh, yeah. Could you provide some screenshots still? That download thing says we have exceeded hourly rates, so we can't look at the video. I only could manage to download the original MTS file...
With no problem.
(Hope, you understand that's not exactly the same as footages. So, I'd rather wait for a while...)
All screenshots represent the same movie frame.
I see a lot of halos in your footage. That is usually a sign that in the technical sense you overcranked your colors during the correction with no regard to valid "safe ranges". Such stuff may easily throw off encoders that use chroma under sampling such as all MPEG stuff does. Aside from that I don't see much that would be wrong, but keep in mind that a) you are working based on compressed footage, b) the stabilization already kills details by interpolating pixels and c) any compression applied to already compressed footage will of course make things worse. Toi me at least, everything is explicable and it's not a problem with AE per se, but rather of the specific workflow. The only way I see to improve matters is to realyl work at the beginning of the chain and apply deblocking/ deartifacting filters before doing anything with the footage. that will minimize loss of pixel information when stabilising. From there, of course change your color correction methodology to figure in those ranges...
Yes Mylenium, I go along with you on assessing colour correction as being overdone.
But it was just starting point. I wanted to know how multiple layers approach worked.
In reality ‘Auto level’ (in my opinion) is not quite good idea to use in complex corrections. The only reason – it’s fast for further experimenting...
However, I doubt if I properly understand your statement about compression.
I presented stabilised footage just for comparison reason. In reality proDAD Mercalli is typical filter like many others. Hence, no needs to render footage after applying it. Moreover, I can apply proDAD Mercalli either in Premiere Pro before jumping into After Effects via dynamic link or right in AE, when I jumped into.
And no needs to render footage after applying colour correction in AE – I’d rather completely rely on Adobe dynamic link. I started to render footages after every operation just in ‘debugging’ purposes...
Regard to deartifacting filters, could you give me some particular examples? (sorry, I’m not quite good at AE yet)
A stroke of genius blew eventually into my mind. Because good colour correction is time consuming, I desided to do a 'clear experiment' first. I switched off 'Auto Levels' and 'Curves' filters in AE composition, jumped back into Pr Pro project and compared two outputs: right after applying proDAD 'Mercalli' onto original source and right after substituting that clip with AE composition. There were no loss in quality. So, my initial terrible colour correction was the only reason...
P.S. I still need your advice on deartifacting filters