8 Replies Latest reply: Jun 10, 2009 3:28 AM by Jon Chappell
finalcutprouser Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I am working on a video and adding still photography with the video I edited.
I have retouched the JPEGS on photoshop then imported them to final cut. but when
playing back the video, the JPEGS come out hazy/wavy even after rendering (especially the ones that have the ken burns effect added to them). Is that normal? Or is there something I haven't done
right?

please help.
Thanks!

PowerBook G4, Mac OS X (10.4.11), 1.5 GB DDR2 SDRAM, 1.6 GHz PowerPC G4
  • 1. Re: JPEGS look wavy when added to sequence
    APPLE27 Level 2 Level 2 (370 points)
    Sequence settings? Size of jpgs? Pixel aspect of jpgs? Is FCP autosize on?
  • 2. Re: JPEGS look wavy when added to sequence
    D Gilmore Level 4 Level 4 (3,525 points)
    #2 Blurry Playback

    Shane's Stock Answer #2: Blurry playback

    ONLY JUDGE THE QUALITY OF YOUR MATERIAL ON AN EXTERNAL BROADCAST MONITOR, OR AT LEAST A TV.

    The Canvas shows you what happens after the codec you are working with has been applied. The Viewer shows you the material in its native format. Once you drop the footage from the Viewer into the timeline, it inherits the attributes of the sequence. If it is a DV sequence, the footage will render out as DV.

    1. Disable overlays on the Canvas.

    2. Make sure you've rendered everything (no green bars at the top of the timeline).

    Video playback requires large amounts of data and many computations. In order to maintain frame rate and be viewable at a normal size, only about one-fourth of the DV data is used in displaying the movie to the screen. However, the DV footage is still at full quality, and is best viewed thru a TV or broadcast monitor routed thru your camera or deck.
  • 3. Re: JPEGS look wavy when added to sequence
    finalcutprouser Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you for your message.

    I read that if I am to use still images, they should be at a width of 720 pixels & height of 534 pixels and a resolution of 72 pixels/inch. That is what I did on photoshop and imported them on FCP as .PSD files. I also changed the image size to a width of 720 and height of 480 and unchecked the constrain proportions option on photoshop.

    When exported to .mov, i can still see the waves.

    what is FCP autosize? Where is that option?
  • 4. Re: JPEGS look wavy when added to sequence
    finalcutprouser Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you for your reply. I have disabled all overlays and made sure everything is rendered (no green bars). And still I am getting a wavy effect when I export and when I zoom in on my canvas as the sequence plays.

    please help.
    Thanks again!
  • 5. Re: JPEGS look wavy when added to sequence
    finalcutprouser Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    How do I know if FCP autosize is on?
    pls help.

    thank you.
  • 6. Re: JPEGS look wavy when added to sequence
    Andy Neil Level 4 Level 4 (3,795 points)
    finalcutprouser wrote:
    How do I know if FCP autosize is on?


    It's in the settings. Hit OPT+Q to bring the User settings. On the editing tab will be a setting for Auto Conform sequence and you can choose: Always, Never, or Ask.
  • 7. Re: JPEGS look wavy when added to sequence
    Richard Anderson1 Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    did you ever figure this out?
  • 8. Re: JPEGS look wavy when added to sequence
    Jon Chappell Level 5 Level 5 (4,000 points)
    A client once sent me a photograph that they'd scanned in. It was the strangest photo I've ever been given. It was high resolution but for some reason, there were white gaps between the pixels. It was a bit like pop art but it wasn't intended to be. I did a Ken Burns in FCP and the waviness was so crazy that it looked like a waterfall, even after rendering and resizing the image.

    In the end I put a mild blur filter on it and that helped a lot but it was still there to a degree.