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  • Enabled effect is reducing resolution of video footage

    Posted by Alan Langdon on December 16, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    I am somewhat new to Motion (5.6 currently).

    Project: UHD resolution

    Imported video footage: UHD as well

    Render resolution: Full

    Quality: Normal

    I have a 3D composition made up of flat layers positioned in 3D space and lit with some lights. It’s a virtual gallery, so its basically a room with some lights. On the walls I have placed videos, as if they were TVs, and my camera walks in and looks at each “TV”. My issue is that the videos on the TVs are coming out very low res, both in the real time interface and in the renders. I thought this might be because I scaled the videos to 20% because of the size of the virtual room (instead of making a life-size room and moving them around in that space). In AfterEffects this would have been a matter of switching on one of the switches where you tell AE that you don’t want the scale of the video layer to affect its resolution, allowing it to be scaled in 3D and always show the maximum resolution it originally has.

    But here I don’t know if this is the case. One curious indication which is baffling me is that if I apply an effect to the “TV” group (in this case, the effect is a Border, so the 16×9 video file looks like a flat panel TV with thin black borders), THIS is when the resolution gets lost. I realized this when I discovered turning off and on the Effect icon which is next to the Group name (with it I can turn on and off all effects in the layers within the group). So… is the effect causing this? This happens with the Border and the Border Glow effect (and perhaps all Effects). And why? Seems like this is not the way it should be, I should be able to apply a Border or Glow, say, to a video layer and not compromise its resolution.

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    Any help is much appreciated!

    Alan Langdon replied 2 years, 5 months ago 3 Members · 4 Replies
  • 4 Replies
  • Mark Spencer

    December 16, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    Yes adding the effect is forcing fixed resolution to the group containing the effect. You can tell by the box around the group icon. Try applying it to each of the videos individually instead.

  • Alan Langdon

    December 16, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    Thanks, I’ll try that. BTW, I’m a fan of your tutorials!!

  • Robin S. kurz

    December 16, 2021 at 5:24 pm

    Applying things like masks or filters force the rasterization of the layer. You need to “Work smarter“. 😉

  • Alan Langdon

    December 17, 2021 at 12:23 am

    Thanks, Robin! I’ll read the link you sent me. Although I must say it seems awfully limiting, considering that in AE it’s been a matter of turning on a switch, at least since 2003 when I started using AE. I guess it has to do with how Motion deals with 2D layers in a 3D space. Thanks for the link, will read it ASAP, because I am bound to need getting around this very soon (for now I have given up the effects I was placing in the Group.)

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