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Working with interlaced footage

Posted: Fri, 3rd Sep 2010, 10:08am

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Jam Pot Studios

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Well, I'm working on a stop-motion film project, and I've been working out how to do certain effects in VisionLab as I go. The only problem is, I keep getting "Mice Teeth" (as some people call them). From the info here on FXhome support, I understand that it's pretty natural for this to happen to video, but I didn't take a video in the first place.

Here is the exported clip. The animation itself isn't very good, but I was really just trying to work out the effects needed. http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/ZoefDeHaas/stuff/captain_marvel.avi

If anyone could tell me what I'm doing wrong, I would really appreciate it.

-Jam Pot
Posted: Fri, 3rd Sep 2010, 11:46am

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Simon K Jones

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Looks like you set up an interlaced project when you should have been working progressive. I'm assuming you're working with still images, rather than video?
Posted: Fri, 3rd Sep 2010, 12:09pm

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Jam Pot Studios

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Still images, yes.

So when it asks me what settings I want to use when I create a new project file, I should use "Progressive"? Have I got this right?
Posted: Fri, 3rd Sep 2010, 12:15pm

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That is correct.
Posted: Sat, 11th Dec 2010, 1:34pm

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Azulon'sAssassin

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I understand that interlaced footage creates alot of problems. Why have it then?
Posted: Sat, 11th Dec 2010, 5:43pm

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Axeman

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Interlacing is essentially a method of compressing video that was invented like 70 years ago or something, at the advent of television. Back then, the hardware wasn't fast enough to display an entire frame at once, so they split the frames in half, into even and odd lines of resolution, and would quickly show first one half, then the other, to reduce the bandwidth of the signal by 50%. Everything involving television was constructed based around this process, which at the time was necessary.

Today, it technically isn't necessary anymore, but because everything has always worked that way, its a hugely complicated endeavor to change a standard that has been in place so long. More and more stuff is going progressive, but it will probably be a while yet before we see the end of interlacing.
Posted: Sun, 12th Dec 2010, 2:27am

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Azulon'sAssassin

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Oh, I see.
Posted: Tue, 1st Feb 2011, 12:15pm

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Angry Chair

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[quote="Jam Pot Studios"]Still images, yes.

So when it asks me what settings I want to use when I create a new project file, I should use "Progressive"? Have I got this right?[/quote

Hi JamPot

I use the Progressive setting even for my .avi stopmotion animation files as well and this keeps things nice and smooth and not jagged.