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Achieving a professional look

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Achieving a professional look

I have a premiere happening in 4 days, and I've hit a problem at the last minute! I have done an animation for screening at a cinema. I rendered it all for 720x576 PAL Widescreen (cos i'm in Australia), however I tested it in the cinema today, and they have High Definition DVD Projectors, and my resolution is only about half of what its capable of. This results in a pixelated, mosaic effect.

Does anyone know of any filters in Adobe Premiere or After Effects that can help me eliminate this effect. I just want to smooth the edges over, and am not concerned with a loss of detail, just smooth edges! I've tried a simple Median, but it is a little too powerful, I've also tried an antialias + sharpening, which is not bad, but I hope there is something better!

Please help! I've spent all year on it, and it would be great to have it looking better than this!

This isn't a direct answer to your question, but as a very last resort you could simply resize the "canvas" of your bitmaps to be HD, which I assume in Strineland is 1920 x 1080, then use the 720 x 576 image as a cameo in the centre of the screen. Of course you would first have to resize your bitmaps to be 1024 x 576 otherwise they would look squashed. You will lose a little bit of sharpness in doing this.

There are ways of upping resolution of standard resolution video to look like HD using kit made by companies like Snell and Wilcox and the results are surprisingly effective, so if your work is on Digital Betacam or DV you could visit your local post production house and ask them, but it's going to cost you.

....sorry, I posted without thinking it right through. What is the format of the material they want to project? If they insist on D5 or another HD tape format, this could be an expensive. If on the other hand they are projecting standard Digibeta or Betacam or even DV, then the resolution is always going to be 720 x 576 and I doubt whether any filtering you use will improve things; there will always be the same number of pixels on the tape. The only thing you need to be aware of is that some software does better anti-aliasing than others, so you may want to tweak that if you see nasty flickery edges to artwork, particularly horizontal lines.


Ok, thanks for your replies old fart! I've just realised its probably a little bit late to do anything about it... so I'll just have to put up with it! But your advice may be helpful in the future. Cheers! I was in the middle of doing a final production when my whole system crashed... grrrr... i HATE MURPHEY'S LAW!