5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 12, 2013 2:00 PM by David Harbsmeier
delurya18 Level 1 (0 points)

My photos look great in the viewer/canvas, but when I export using NTSC the quality of the photos sufferes tremendously.


Mac OS X (10.7)
  • David Harbsmeier Level 7 (29,930 points)

    How you export depends primarily on how you intend to deliver the finished video; DVD?  Blu-ray? Web?  File?  If you're delivering to the web, Blu-ray or for file based playback, you can edit and export in HD which would allow for much higher quality  For DVD delivery you're stuck with standard definition.  In that case, I'd edit and export in ProRes 422, then use the resulting file in Compressor and DVD Studio Pro.

     

    If you've edited and exported using DV (or any DV25 format), the image quality won't be as good.

     

    -DH

  • delurya18 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey there!!

     

    I'm just exporting as a quicktime movie file.

  • David Harbsmeier Level 7 (29,930 points)

    So you're seeing poor quality when playing the QuickTime movie?  With the movie file open, hit Command j on the keyboard.  Click on Video Track and make sure that "High Quality" has been selected.

     

    -DH

  • delurya18 Level 1 (0 points)

    I should probably mention that my picture dimensions are 5184 x 3456. The quicktime trick didn't work.

  • David Harbsmeier Level 7 (29,930 points)

    FCE and FCP have a limit of 4000x4000 pixels for still images.  You'd probably get better results by reducing the image size in a photo editing app like Photoshop prior to importing them into your FCE project.  If you are not keyframing any motion in FCE on the images (pushes, pulls, pans), then reduce the image pixel dimensions so they pretty much match your FCE Sequence pixel dimensions.  If you are planning to keyframe motion, then reduce the image size so it's about 2 to 2.5 times the Sequence dimensions.

     

    -DH