I have been working on a short coorporate film in HD. It involves texts that grow larger on a white background. I have had a fair share of challenges doing this project - getting formats, frames and codecs right.
Eventually I ended up editing the project using these sequence presets as they matched 90 % of my material. I had to convert one 25 fr animation to 29.97 to make it all work on the same timeline but ended up with this:
I managed to edit the film despite the annoying non-realtime JPEG codec and eventually it was time to put on the "growing" text. (where dark grey text is growing larger on a white background)
For that I used Livetype. I made sure the settings in livetype matched the sequence settings so my livetype settings were these:
fr 29.97 progressive
pxl aspect 1
w resolution 96 dpi
h resolution 96 dpi
Quality for canvas, render and preview all set to normal. No background - I used a solid white in fcp
grid width 25px
But making the texts I found that in the project it looked pixelated around the edges. Why?
I played around with settings and tried a 200 dpi on both h and w but that gave me a very very wide screen despite still having the 1920x1080 format. So I set the format to 2083x1080 and the dpi to 100 for both width and hight.
And Voila - it looks like my problem is fixed. The text now looks sharp.
Now my question is - why did these settings work. What is it about the relationship between text in livetype and in FCP that I need to understand to prevent such a problem in the future? Why does it work for the format to be 2000x1080 when the project settings are 1920x1080?
Thanks in advance.