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Old September 24th, 2008, 05:28 PM   #1
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Best way to AfterEffects from HD100?

Hi,

What would be a good format to convert to, for working in AfterEffects from HD100 720p25 footage? (including alpha, so no prores)
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Old September 24th, 2008, 11:29 PM   #2
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Nick,

for short clips, you can use sequential files of TGA or TIFF. Your NLE is also a consideration, I use Edius, so i use HQ , i also use HQ in after effects since HQ avi support alpha channels. In my 3D work i use TGA sequences with alpha for compositing in AE.
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^^ I'm hopefully picking up After Effects in the next couple of weeks and my NLE is FCP. With AE not being an apple product I presume you can't 'send to > after effects' as with Motion for example? Would I convert a clip/sequence to Tiff from FCP? Send a QT mov file?
I really like Motion but there are a few things I need to achieve which do not really fall into it's remit....here's for another steep learning curve :( !
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Old September 25th, 2008, 05:19 AM   #4
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David,

Motion is a relatively new app, I can't say much about it. I do know AE since it was version 5 so I'm quite sure that AE is robustly supported, not only by plug-ins but also by knowledgeable people on the app.
After Effects accepts MOV files, no need to convert to TIFF.

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Old September 25th, 2008, 07:46 AM   #5
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David,

Motion is a relatively new app, I can't say much about it. I do know AE since it was version 5 so I'm quite sure that AE is robustly supported, not only by plug-ins but also by knowledgeable people on the app.
After Effects accepts MOV files, no need to convert to TIFF.

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Thanks Ted...looking forward to getting my mitts muddy on AE as soon as possible.
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Old September 25th, 2008, 09:28 AM   #6
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Hi,

What would be a good format to convert to, for working in AfterEffects from HD100 720p25 footage? (including alpha, so no prores)
Take a look at SheerVideo (http://www.bitjazz.com) It's a lossless compressors (QT plugin) with alpha support and size at about 1/2 the size of Uncompressed. It's also very fast. They have a trial version for 20 days with NO watermark.
Of course AE also handles /m2t file directly...
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Old September 25th, 2008, 10:52 AM   #7
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Take note only the new versions do. The old one i still use, version 6.5, don't support m2t.
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Take a look at SheerVideo (http://www.bitjazz.com) It's a lossless compressors (QT plugin) with alpha support and size at about 1/2 the size of Uncompressed. It's also very fast. They have a trial version for 20 days with NO watermark.
Of course AE also handles /m2t file directly...
I can add my support to SheerVideo. Excellent codec with some features that are advantageous on several levels. Details on their website. Tech support is excellent, as well -- fast and personable.
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