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    Setting output for Final Cut editing

    Under the output tab, I currently have it set for quicktime with MPEG-4 compression. If I view the final rendered video in Quicktime it looks great, but when i bring the video into Final Cut it looks kind of pixelated and cloudy.

    Does anyone have advice on What the best settings for compression would be for video editing?


    Thanks in advance.

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    Hello Hostile,

    When rendering output files for FCP or Motion.
    I always use TGA file sequence files.
    This may seem weird if you are not use to it but it has it advantages and there is no
    compression in the file compared to the output to the quicktime file.

    Hope this helps somewhat.

    Regards,
    Nigel.
    www.soliddesign.ie
    3D Technical Design Consultant

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    Kamehameha Chameleon BigHache's Avatar
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    Hi Hostile,

    There have been numerous discussions about that. Here's a link to one of the more recent threads.

    It's one of those things that if you don't know, you don't know to ask.

    A typical process would be:

    * render a TGA sequence from LW (32 bit if you need alpha)
    * import TGA sequence into After Effects or composting app of choice
    * Export QuickTime from compositing app (if you need alpha you'll want to use Animation codec, 24 bit + alpha)
    * Import into FCP

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    A lot of it could be your Final Cut Pro settings, too. Or the size of your canvas window. If it's not at 100%, it sometimes will look pixelated, even though it really isn't.

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