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Gabriel Borba
Image Quality
on Apr 3, 2011 at 7:56:55 pm

Basic Question:

I searched it on other threads but didn't find any.

I'm working with 720x480 footage on FCP7.
I'd like to know which option results in better image quality:

- Set the Sequence Settings for exactly 720x480.
- Set the Sequence Settings for 1440x960 (the exact double size).

Both will fit the footage's aspect ratio because they're proportional. But i don't know if any of these are gonna have higher resolution than the other, and if so, why.

I'm just wishing to make it look a little better so it can be screened on a relatively small film theater screen during a workshop.

Thanks, and sorry if i'm repeating someone else's question.

Gabriel.


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Rafael Amador
Re: Image Quality
on Apr 3, 2011 at 8:49:10 pm

Hi Gabriel,
The quality will always be better keeping the original size.
Any up/downscaling will degrade the picture.
rafael

http://www.nagavideo.com


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Image Quality
on Apr 3, 2011 at 9:14:27 pm

[Gabriel Borba] "I'm working with 720x480 footage on FCP7.
I'd like to know which option results in better image quality:"


As Rafael suggested, the quality does not get better because the image gets bigger.

You might try changing the compressor in Sequence>>Settings to ProRes 422 however. It won't make your DV footage any better, but it will certainly make any text and graphics you use in the sequence a heck of a lot better by avoiding DV compression.

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Gabriel Borba
Re: Image Quality
on Apr 3, 2011 at 11:20:36 pm

Ok, thanks guys.
I'll render it on ProRes422 at the end of the editing process.
Thanks for your help

Gabriel.


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