Effects in MoFaS

B5JMS Poster b5jms-owner at shekel.mcl.cs.columbia.edu
Thu Jun 25 06:15:29 EDT 1998

From: stuart.tetley at ibm.net
Date: 24 Jun 1998 10:32:53 -0600
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Can anyone say why the effects work in Movements of Fire and Shadow
looks like it was rendered to film and then converted to NTSC video?
It had the repeat frame artifact seen all the time in certain other
shows (where after every 5 frames, there's a repeat frame caused by
the 24 (or is it 25?) frames/second film footage being mapped to 30
frames/second video.  B5 effects are normally rendered directly at 30
frames/second unless there's a pressing reason to go the other route
(such as combining film footage of actors looking out of windows etc.)
and so usually look a lot smoother than anything seen elsewhere.

The scenes themselves were fully up to the usual top-notch standards,
but the repeat frame every 5 frames makes the animation very choppy,
especially in brighly lit scenes like the scenes around the station.


Stuart Tetley

From: jmsatb5 at aol.com (Jms at B5)
Date: 24 Jun 1998 20:47:11 -0600
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The CGI is now being produced at 24 frame per second, starting about 517 or
518, at a higher degree of resolution, nearer film-res.  We're doing 24 so it
matches better with the live-action which is also shot at 24 fps.


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