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Roli Rivelino
what should my image dimensions be for 1080
on May 20, 2011 at 4:32:34 pm

To keep the true proportions of my stills when importing them i.e. a circle is still a circle, what should my image size be for a 1080 DVCPro timeline?

many thanks.

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Shane Ross
Re: what should my image dimensions be for 1080
on May 20, 2011 at 4:56:01 pm

Whatever you want. The native dimensions even. FCP doesn't distort the stills to fill the screen. You will have to zoom in to have it fill the frame though.

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Alan Okey
Re: what should my image dimensions be for 1080
on May 20, 2011 at 7:11:14 pm

[Shane Ross] "FCP doesn't distort the stills to fill the screen."

Funny you should mention that...

I was quite surprised the other day to find that while adding 4:3 PowerPoint slides (960x720 square pixel .tiffs) to a 720p ProRes sequence, FCP decided to automatically distort and scale the stills to fill the 1280x720 frame. I wanted to keep the 4:3 stills at their native size, so that they would be pillarboxed in the 1280x720 frame.

It's almost as if FCP saw the 960x720 resolution and automatically flagged it as being DVCPRO HD, then applied the scaling and distortion to make the still fill the 1280x720 frame. While this is a desirable behavior for video source clips, I don't think it should be the default behavior for stills.

I can't seem to find any way to turn this "feature" off. The workaround is to simply reset the scaling and distortion on the still in the timeline, but it seems odd to me that FCP would apply this behavior to stills.


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Eric Strand
Re: what should my image dimensions be for 1080
on May 20, 2011 at 8:28:59 pm

You should read this article.....I'm not going to attempt to summarize it as it has a lot of information.

http://www.larryjordan.biz/articles/lj_grfx_look.html


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Roli Rivelino
Re: what should my image dimensions be for 1080
on May 21, 2011 at 7:34:38 am

Wow, what a comprehensive and interesting article, thanks very much for that.

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Andreas Kiel
Re: what should my image dimensions be for 1080
on May 21, 2011 at 11:56:36 am

As Shane said, keep the proportions in square pix. For a 16/9 1920x1080 video it's 1920x1080. If you want to zoom you might have to multiply the x/y values by the zoom factor.
The bad thing is that different apps/companies do have a different opinions how to handle square pix from a still within a non-square video timeline. Even worse is that this might change by versions of the app.
With FCP they are constant and you can rely on that, with Premiere/AE it has changed over the versions and currently it is different from FCP's calculation. It's the ever lasting fight about vertical blanking in the digital world. So you might experience a 3% horizontal for example with SD. Other formats and other NLEs might or might not slightly squeeze horizontal.

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