Hi, I've recently started colourgrading my 4K dji drone footage, but I stumbled upon a problem (I am a complete beginner at editing so excuse me if this is a very dumb question). When I am editing the footage it looks really crisp in the timeline, however when I render the video (or export it) it turns out very blurry and fuzzy. I was hoping that someone could tell me how to solve this issue.
Here are my sequence settings:
Post screenshot export settings with left tab to output with image (not black).
Try increasing the export bitrate from 10 Mbps to 20 Mbps.
Yeah, your export bitrate is very low. Higher bitrate = higher quality. You'll have to experiment with bitrates to get to what you deem optimal: it varies based on source footage and of course, what you find acceptable.
Too high a bitrate might result in the playback being jerky.
As Jeff said, you will have to experiment.
Will this also result in my render quality improving?
When you say render do you mean export? Or are you generating previews and calling those renders?
I am really sorry for the confusion. I meant when I have edited a clip for example and I go to sequence and then press render in to out, it renders the selection and then when I play the video in my timeline it looks a lot blurrier than before I rendered (so this is all pre export). And although it looks fine post-export, it would be nice to be able to see the full product in the timeline in full quality before exporting it. So, I was wondering it that problem can be resolved.
No worries, different people use "render" differently so just making sure we're on the same page.
So your Render In - Out settings are determined in Sequence Settings - Video Previews. Your options are fairly limited so I recommend experimenting and finding a good setting/format that works for your specific footage. Your footage is 4k, and your current settings are rendering out in 1080. So you are lowering the quality significantly for preview purposes, but you gain performance that way. You could up that to 4k and you'll likely have better looking previews, but those renders will likely take longer to process/create. It's up to you which method you prefer. Obviously there's pros and cons to both.
Thank you, I didn't realise I was rendering in 1080 so that makes a lot of sense. Just changed the video preview settings to match my source and it has solved the problem. Thank you 🙂