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Old March 5th, 2003, 03:52 PM   #1
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Moving Text in AE

Hi everyone.

I'm doing a project in AE that requires black fonts to move across a white screen. The problem is when its viewed on a television, the fonts

become almost aliased and they "pulse with suttle light" when in motion. (the motion is slow, left to right).

Someone told me I need to make them antialiased? Or I need to blur the fonts with an effect in AE? How do I make the fonts nice, dark and smooth

without these unwanted effects on a TV?

Thanks for any advice.
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Old March 5th, 2003, 04:42 PM   #2
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Hi Brad,
How are you exporting the animation and viewing the results?
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Old March 6th, 2003, 12:50 AM   #3
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Hi,
I'm exporting it without fields ( I tried with fields and it's even worse). It's an uncompressed Quicktime file that I then import into Premiere and I view it on a NTSC monitor. I've tried it on a number of monitors, and its all the same.
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Try exporting it with fields again. Be sure to turn-on the anti-aliasing option for the text's layer. (That's the "\" checkbox in the layer's option bar.) Turning on the motion blur option for the layer would also be worth a try. (The "M" checkbox on that bar.) Drop it into your render queue and use the "Animation" codec and match the frame size and rate to that of your Premiere footage to create your Quicktime file. It should look as smooth as a baby's behind.

Please report back when you've taken another swing at this, Brad.
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Old March 6th, 2003, 01:42 AM   #5
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cool! It looks great now! I put on the motion blur, added a small fast blur, and exported it with lower fields first.

Looks great on my tv now. Quick question, what is the animation codec? What I did was export my file as uncompressed because the file is going onto a mac later on and I am on a PC so I didn't want any codec compatibility issues. (Unfortunatley, this makes the file 1.7gb!). Though I won't be able to test it on the mac myself, I need to know beforehand.

Will the animation codec work on most systems? If you don't know - no problem.

Thanks again Ken for the help!
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That's excellent news, Brad.

The Animation codec is especially good for content such as this and has been part of the AE codec set for several versions. If the receiving Mac is reasonably up-to-date its Premiere should have no trouble importing Animation-compressed content.

Bravo, Brad! Have fun.
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