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Adjusting the sizes of clips to match

383 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: May 3, 2012 7:47 AM by darbypsnm RSS
Beau2Morrison Calculating status...
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May 2, 2012 1:16 PM

I am making a montage, but I am having trouble getting all the clips to match. Some look too big and some too small. Any way I can insert the clip to make it smaller or bigger without making my whole project bigger or smaller? Appreciate the help. I know, I am a final cut noob

  • darbypsnm Level 3 Level 3 (720 points)
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    May 2, 2012 2:54 PM (in response to Beau2Morrison)

    What are your sequence settings?(click on sequence-apple+0)


    Is there a majority of clips at a certain size? I would suggest making your sequence this size.
    What size is the final deliverable?


    If none of your clips are HD I wouldn't edit in HD.


    If you make a new sequence and add one of the majority size clips FC should ask you if you would like your sequence settings to match your clips settings. Chose yes and then add clips from there.


    Open the clip in source window and use scale to adjust size in the motion tab.

    If you are scaling SD clips over 100% be prepared to possibly see a loss in whatever quality you have to begin with.

  • Nick Holmes Level 7 Level 7 (29,805 points)
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    May 2, 2012 4:12 PM (in response to Beau2Morrison)

    There a million flavors of HD. Some are more "HD" than others.

    What are the codecs and pixel dimensions used in your source footage?


    Most important, as darby already mentioned, what is the end result going to be?

  • darbypsnm Level 3 Level 3 (720 points)
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    May 3, 2012 7:47 AM (in response to Beau2Morrison)

    right click(or control-click) on the clip or sequence in question

    go down in the pop-up to item properties/item properties

    This will tell what we are asking.


    If your sequence is HD-1280x720, 1920x1080, or larger than 720x486 and your clips do not fill the frame they are most likely not HD(presuming you have not scaled or distorted them in anyway.)


    When you export from FC chose export/quicktime NOT export/using Quicktime conversion. When you do this the export will match your sequence settings. You can also check the size of the export in QT(apple+I). This will tell you the codec and the size of the export. You will have to convert this to post to the web or make a DVD etc.


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