3 Replies Latest reply: Dec 15, 2009 8:37 AM by Mark Spencer4
Puceron Level 1 (0 points)
I've been using Motion for a couple of years now and although I'm no expert, I'm really pleased with the possibilities. I mainly use it to create animations that are then watched on a computer - either on a CD or on the web. I've also done a few animations that were later exported to a DVD. I must say, the quality of the image on a TV is terrible. It really looks like an amateur animation. I was just wondering if there was a way to improve the quality of the animation shown on a TV screen. Is it just a question of settings, compression or codec?

PowerPC G5 Dual, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • Mark Spencer4 Level 5 (6,370 points)
    It's a function of your source material, your project settings, and your export settings. Hard to give you specific recommendations without knowing what you are doing, but the new Share feature has some good presets.
  • Puceron Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks Mark. By the way, I really enjoy your tutorials on the web. Very useful. One of the animation I'm complaining about, for example, is a simple animated map. I created a map with Photoshop. Imported the map into Motion and then animated a line to show the trip between two cities. The colors are rich and precise on a computer screen, but look faded and not so precise on a TV screen. What's the Share feature?
  • Mark Spencer4 Level 5 (6,370 points)
    The color space on a TV is completely different, and much, much more restrictive, than that of a computer monitor. If you work is destined for NTSC or PAL TV, you really should use a calibrated monitor to view your project as it will be seen so you can make the right choices of color, title and action safe, and watch for interlace issues. You need to make sure your luma and chroma levels are broadcast safe as well.

    Under the File menu is the new Share feature for exporting movies to different devices (in Motion 4, FCP 7)