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Gabriel Labelle
Problem with still image in FCP
on Apr 20, 2011 at 11:13:29 pm


I have a 1980x1020 H.264 timeline in which I inserted a 1980x1020 still image at the end (my logo). I do not wish to add any Ken Burns effect or anything else.

When I render all, the still image suddenly looks crappy. After export, same thing. I tried with a 300dpi JPG file and a 72dpi PNG file. Both RGB.

What can I do to preserve the quality of the still image?

Many thanks for your time and help.

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Michael Gissing
Re: Problem with still image in FCP
on Apr 21, 2011 at 12:15:29 am

[Gabriel Labelle] "What can I do to preserve the quality of the still image?"

Change you sequence settings to ProRes422. H264 is not an editing codec and although FCP lets you set it as a sequence codec, you just shouldn't. Nor should H264 footage be used in the timeline. H264 is highly compressed and won't give you proper playback. It may also cause FCP to crash. Apart from that it will crunch further a jpeg still image.

All stills should be set to 72dpi btw. Walter Biscardi wrote a tutorial recently explaining why if you want to do a quick search. While you are searching, also look at H264 and you will see what how popular that codec is with FCP users and how you should ingest material into ProRes before editing.

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