When comparing the result of the same mask shape with the same edge softness offset (set to 1.0) from these two different masking tools, the old GMask generate less aliasing result but the almighty GMaskTracer shows those zig-zag aliasing edge when an clean and sharp edge of masking is expected…
Have tried several ways such as larger softness value and tighten up by MatteEdge; AXFF; forced 2DTransform Filter but only worsen the result.
Is it the consequence I need to face after betray my ex lover Gmask?
100% this. If you’re using AA samples as opposed to just the tiniest feather you are substantially increasing render time. Maybe doesn’t feel like a lot on a simple mask, but it becomes a cumulative problem. I’ve seen batches using AA all over the place and I can get the same result with some feathering, some 1pixel blurs, and surface filtering (like EWA+Linear) and render that thing in half the time. At least.
Sure, at AA 4 it’s not gonna be very noticeable. But things pile up. And I am probably too paranoid about making renders efficient. It’s almost a game at this point. And… I like to go faaaaast LOL. But above, talking about AA sample values of 12+, that’s going to cause a significant slowdown… combine that with motion blur, you’re going to lunch and hoping the track doesn’t slip.
Ha! I’m 100% team gmask tracer!!! This aint about that. It’s about using AA period on anything. It’s super slow and is a game of diminishing returns. The day I use the OG gmask is the day I turn autokey off*…
In my case, I found the manually Shift+A softness usually more than 1.0 (I’m old with trembling hand…) and a bit too soft so I the adjust the Offset slider to make sure the masking is tight enough.
AA Sample 4 is part of my preference for GMask Tracer and I save it in User Bin for daily routine, It’s fine for most of the time but issue comes when the shot has some round and sharp objects. In this case I wasn’t realized that sometimes need to upped to such a high value in order to match the quality from legacy GMask but sacrifice the render time.
I like new GMask’s Edit Tracking Keyframes and superior motion blur render, but not for it’s “default” render quality and, the most important thing to me, the “bluntness” feel when dragging those vertices!
Curious if anyone fell the same as me about this??
Despite making a nicer edge at low softnesses, I cannot think of a single time in the last ten years where that was the obstacle to my comp coming together well.
I’m not saying you can’t like it, but I do not miss it at all, and I’ll gladly take this issue in trade for all the improvements the new one has, especially the ability to draw my own gradients. My old setups were positively LITTERED with matte edge nodes.