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iMovie keeps cropping my picture in picture...

520 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Dec 5, 2012 9:51 AM by KateH1984 RSS
KateH1984 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Dec 4, 2012 7:29 AM

I have set my logo png to 16:9 (the same setting as my imovie) but when I drag and drop it in and select picture in picture, it is still cutting off the top and bottom. Please's driving me insane!

iMovie '11, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,465 points)
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    Dec 4, 2012 7:37 AM (in response to KateH1984)

    can you post a screenshot of logo in the and in your iMovie project?

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,465 points)
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    Dec 5, 2012 8:19 AM (in response to KateH1984)

    KateH1984 wrote:

    … PNG below was designed in Illustrator and exported as a png. I opened a new document and tried setting the New Document Settings as Web and Video & Movie with 72 ppi in RGB as this seems to give the best image quality. I then 'dragged and dropped' the .ai logo file into this document. That was originally designed at 300dpi CMYK. …

    way too much 'print'-jargon ....


    a) video has no ppi, dpi, etc - whatever dpi you add to your file, it has NO effect on the quality in video

    b) video has a 'fix' resolution, 1280x720 or 1920x1080

    c) the doesn't show the pictures 'real' aspect ratio. and your iM screenshot indicates a square/1:1 picture.

    d) video handles no vector-based = .ai graphics, only pixel-based.


    I'm not familiar with AI, but it should be possible to create a 1920x1080 png from your sign (btw: nice drawing!)

    made a quick'n dirty test with a 'grab' from your post:





    (I'm using Pixelmator for my 'drawings' …)

  • CorinafromSBCUSD Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Dec 5, 2012 8:54 AM (in response to KateH1984)

    I just copied my logo and pasted it into Photoshop as a new document with a transparent background. I used a much larger canvas/page size than I needed, but with the correct aspect ratio. Then, I used the crop tool, set to "Fixed Aspect Ratio," and cropped it down to what I wanted. You might end up with empty/transparent space. That's okay. The final step was to save it as a PNG file. It worked perfectly, and my logo looks great in iMovie.

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,465 points)
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    Dec 5, 2012 9:49 AM (in response to KateH1984)

    KateH1984 wrote:

    …  Ha ha...I am normally the 'print' queen! …


    … I 'felt' that ......



    KateH1984 wrote:

    …  Can what you say be done in Photoshop?

    as said: 1920x1280, RGB (no cmyk!), square pixel ratio, no layers, png ... (did I miss anything? there are soooo many options in 'print') ...

    afaik, you should be allowed to open the .ai directly in PS; it will ask for a ppi/dpi to convert vector into pixel - as mentioned: no such thing, type 72 .... (10 or 1000 wouldn't make a difference). or, perhaps, there's a 'convert layer into pixel' command (such is for Text layers)? ....




    to make the Print-Queen a Video-Princess:

    dots-per-inch is a interpolated value in print; a HDef monitor offering 1080 has these 2457600 pixels - INDEPENDENTLY of monitor size (=inch). so, the tiny 10" car display of the huge 60" suite plasma - all same resolution. therefor no ratio pixel vs length .... video only asks for real pixels. whatever size.-


    no need to purchase Pixelmator - it's the poor man's Photoshop (on Black Friday it was a 14$ offer) ....


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