The file looks fine in AE when using AI files, it's just when I export it as a .MOV when it looks washed out?
The term, "mov" simply indicates that you made a quicktime movie. But you can use any number of different codecs to encode the movie within that quicktime container. Can you tell us which codec you used? It would also be VERY helpful to know the kind of platform you're working on.
Another thought: this wouldn't happen to be a CMYK-RBG issue, would it? AE only likes RGB.
Thanks for getting back to me. To be honest, i'm pretty new to AE and I'm not sure what codec I am using??
I have narrowed the problem down though, and I now think it is a problem when I'm exporting rather than the AI or EPS problem. I have since opened an old composition and re-exported an old composition. I then compared this .mov to the original .mov I had from the last time I exported it, and the new one looks washed out? It must be some sort of problem with the way I am exporting the file?
I am adding the file to the render que:
Setting my settings to best and exporting it with compression of H.264 which is what I have always done? It's strange because as far as I know I haven't changed anything which would make this change?
All the files I'm using are RGB.
I'm not sure if this helps with the diagnosis of the problem but when I simply go to:
and select .mov, this exports in its true colour.
The problem is only when I am adding it to the render que to export.
I have now have two versiosn:
Version A - Looks like the correct colour but has a file size of approx 5.5 mb (from File / Export)
Version B - Looks washed out but has a file size of approx 8mb. (from Adding to the render que)
I'm assuming that the Version B is slightly better quality as it is a bigger file size, but it is washed out. When I exported the file by File / Export, I set all the settings as high as possible, but it still isn't as big a file size as the rendered version?
I need the quality of the file to be th best possible.
To be honest, i'm pretty new to AE and I'm not sure what codec I am using??
...Setting my settings to best and exporting it with compression of H.264 which is what I have always done?
H.264 is the codec of the quicktime you're making, and it always pains me when I read about people compressing to H.264. On the Creative COW, it's such a common mistake that I wrote a stock answer I can quickly cut & paste:
Dave's Stock Answer #3:
Don't use AE to compress files for final delivery. The various compressors are there only to make quick 'n dirty files showing a project's progress to producers, clients, the kids, etc. AE is incapable of doing multipass encoding, a crucial feature that greatly improves the image quality of H.264 and MPEG-type files in particular.
Render a high-quality file from AE, and use a different application to do the compression. Popular ones are Adobe Media Encoder, Sorenson Squeeze and Apple's Compressor, which comes bundled with Final Cut Suite. Even compressing in Quicktime Pro is better than compressing in AE.
So what kind of file should you make? I favor Quicktime's PNG or Animation codecs, because they're lossless. To preserve the maximum quality possible, consider rendering an image sequence: TIFF, TGA or PNG image sequences are good choices.
And a little background on codecs would also be worthwhile reading: