Currently Being ModeratedOct 4, 2013 7:26 AM (in response to rhhorlick)
Well, first off, with FCP, you need to convert the video to a format that FCP works with. A list of those formats is seen in the EASY SETUP window. FCP has a lot of problems working with non-FCP formats.
Second...are you working in HD or SD? If HD, ProRes 422 is a good one. FCP defaults to DV, which is the lowest format of SD out there...besides VHS that is.
So convert your footage to ProRes, add it to the timeline, and when FCP asks "Hey, you want me to make the sequence match this clip?" click YES.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 4, 2013 8:10 AM (in response to Michael Grenadier)
#50 - Quality difference between Viewer and Canvas
Shane's Stock Answer #50 - Why is the quality different between what I see in the Viewer and what I see in the Canvas?
Well... the viewer is just that-- a viewer. It will display anything that fcp will recognize as usable video or graphics. The canvas is a viewer too, but at the pixel dimension specified by the settings of your project and sequence.
For example, if your graphic or footage is much higher resolution than your 720x480 DV sequence, FCP is interpolating down your file to fit the settings of the sequence. Usually this makes it look not so hot. DV is a 5:1 compression working with a 4:1:1 color depth. Your pristine picture images and graphics are being crushed.
Same with picture files. HIgh res pics now adopt the sequence settings and will render to those specs, and most likely they are not as high quality.