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Posted: Tue, 15th Sep 2009, 11:39pm

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Comadreja Incendiada

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I am working on a clip in which I am using several Action Essentials clips. I've only gotten up to about six layers, but CompositeLab is running really slowly (like, 3/4 hr preview render for a 5 sec. clip) . I'm assuming that this is because I'm using the 2k version, and that these huge, alpha-channel-included files are just too big? Is there anything I can do to speed things up?
Posted: Wed, 16th Sep 2009, 12:02am

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Did you reduce the canvas quality? Setting the canvas quality to 1/3 will speed things up considerably.
Posted: Wed, 16th Sep 2009, 12:15am

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Thanks, I'll try that.
Posted: Wed, 16th Sep 2009, 12:50am

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Sure thing. And if you need to see a higher res version, you can use the "Hi-Q" button at any time to get a full-res version of the current frame.
Posted: Fri, 6th Aug 2010, 9:40pm

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I do not see the Hiq button on the program. It is not where I see it on the fxhome video. Please help
Posted: Fri, 6th Aug 2010, 9:52pm

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Its immediately beside the Play button on the timeline, has an icon of a television on it, and if you hover the mouse over it for a second shows the label "Render current frame at full quality."
Posted: Sat, 7th Aug 2010, 10:15pm

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midtriplet

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I found the HiQ button!! Thank you, but how do you render the whole project at full quality because after my video is rendered with the settings :
Compression type: Animation
Frames per second : 25
Depth: Millions of Colors+
Quality: Best...
my video comes out with lines running through the project every time there is movement. In addiiton, the clip is faster than the original. Please help me and thank you for your time.
Posted: Sat, 7th Aug 2010, 10:42pm

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Well, the speed isn't a quality issue, its the result of using the wrong project settings. Make sure the framerate and scan method of your project match your footage, whenever you create a new CompositeLab project.

The lines are almost certainly interlacing, and aren't a problem, in fact they should be there if you are working with interlaced footage. When the footage is played on a television the lines won't appear. When the project is completed, you will want to create a de-interlaced version for computer/web viewing. Removing the interlacing deletes half of the resolution of your footage, though, so it should only be done as the last step, so maximum quality can be retained.
Posted: Sat, 7th Aug 2010, 11:51pm

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midtriplet

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So suppose I want to put the video that I edited on CL Pro into iMovie. After I render the footage what will be the step in between rendering and importing the footage into iMovie.
Posted: Sun, 8th Aug 2010, 12:01am

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There isn't a step in between. Render from CompositeLab to a .mov file, so its compatible with iMovie, and then import the rendered file.
Posted: Sun, 8th Aug 2010, 12:14am

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midtriplet

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I did that but then the lines are there so when I finish editing on iMovie the lines will still be there right? In the promo of CL Pro, the quality of the greenscreen keyed was perfect and I need that quality for my movies smile
P.S. Sorry for all the questions, I just want to make sure that this program is worth $160 smile
Posted: Sun, 8th Aug 2010, 1:04am

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As I believe I mentioned, the lines are interlacing, which is supposed to be there, and won't be visible when the footage is shown on a television. They have nothing to do with the quality of the keying or the footage, its the format that the video is created in by your camera. I also meant to include a link to this knowledgebase article which explains interlacing more fully. You might also have a look at www.100fps.com for more information on de-interlacing.
Posted: Sun, 8th Aug 2010, 3:37am

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I read the articles, but it doesn't explain how to deinterlace the footage. I do not want to play this on television, I want to create a movie on iMovie which then I will share on the internet. I am sorry for taking so much of your time and I appreciate you helping me.
Posted: Sun, 8th Aug 2010, 5:21am

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Oh wait I figured it out! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
Posted: Sun, 8th Aug 2010, 7:29am

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Glad to hear it. Interlacing is annoying and often confusing, but since it is how almost all video equipment works, we are still stuck with it for now.
Posted: Tue, 10th Aug 2010, 12:47am

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Another question...when i am garbage matting for some pictures, i try to garbage matte around the part i want to keep, but for some reason the points cannot go past one area ( i cannot create lines beyond a certain point) i do not know why this is happening. plz help me bc i am very disappinted with this program right now
Posted: Tue, 10th Aug 2010, 1:35am

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Sorry to hear that learning the program is proving difficult for you. I don't understand the issue form your last description; can you give us a link to a screencap showing the problem, perhaps?
Posted: Tue, 10th Aug 2010, 3:24am

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Sorry about before I was frustrated. Anyways, the line on the left of the image shows the boundary of where I can't pass when I want to garbage matte. All those points on the left of the line show where I want to go but I cannot. How come I can't go past that area? Thanks and my apologies again,

Here is the image
http://img267.imageshack.us/i/screenshot20100809at112.png/]

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Posted: Wed, 11th Aug 2010, 2:37am

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Axeman!! Please help me lol. I saw that you responded on the other one and I really need help!! THANKS A GREAT DEAL i really appreciate it ;) (that wasn't sarcastic) lol
Posted: Wed, 11th Aug 2010, 4:29am

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Hm, that's bizarre. I've never seen that before. What resolution is the project? When you render, does the mask shape follow the vertical line or the red dots?

It looks like this is happening on the first frame; is this the case, or does this occur after you have worked through several frames?
Posted: Wed, 11th Aug 2010, 4:40am

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The resolution is 720 (Width) by 576 (Height). And yes, this is occuring constantly through several frames. Do you think it could be that the picture resolution (3072x2048) is too large to garbage matte? i am not sure why but this is only happening for pictures from my camera. Do you think that could be the problem?

Sam
Posted: Wed, 11th Aug 2010, 3:37pm

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Ah, that could be it. CompositeLab wasn't designed to work with resolutions that high, so reducing the size of the image before importing it may clear up the problem.

When you render, does the mask shape follow the white line, or the control points?
Posted: Wed, 11th Aug 2010, 6:28pm

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How am I supposed to know where the mask is because doesn't the shape have to be closed for the mask to be animated? In this case, even if i try to bring the beginning and end points together, it won't allow me to close the mask shape? I don't really understand what you are asking.

Thanks,
Sam
Posted: Wed, 11th Aug 2010, 7:43pm

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I'm asking what the mask shape looks like after you render the footage out of VisionLab. I didn't know that you couldn't close the mask.
Posted: Wed, 11th Aug 2010, 11:10pm

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midtriplet

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Oh..well now you do lol. But, it is okay, I will use a different camera and figure something out. You have really helped me in various issues that I had with CompositeLab Pro. Thanks a lot,

Sam
Posted: Thu, 12th Aug 2010, 1:31am

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Did reducing the resolution of the images resolve the issue?
Posted: Thu, 12th Aug 2010, 1:45am

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midtriplet

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How do I reduce the resolution of the image?
Posted: Thu, 12th Aug 2010, 2:43am

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Also, where is the forum that has video tutorials?
Posted: Thu, 12th Aug 2010, 5:43am

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You open it in an image editor, change the resolution, and save it. Or, if you have the original in some sort of image organizing software, just export it to a smaller size. The exact process depends on what software you are using.

Forum that has video tutorials? I'm not sure what you mean, but all of the video tutorials for the FXhome products are available in the support tab at the top of this site.
Posted: Thu, 12th Aug 2010, 7:04pm

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Hi there. I changed the resolution of the image from 72 to 50. Afterwards, I imported that picture into CL Pro and garbage matted the image, and there was no boundary and I could connect the points! Thanks for all the help, once again :),

Sam