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Frank Miller
trouble with text in images
on Dec 6, 2011 at 6:18:31 pm

I am making a slideshow that will end up being a mass-emailed holiday greeting card.

The client has given me a photoshop document in which each image is on a layer, and the text on a separate layer. (thus, there is the "we gather together" batch of photos, the "celebrate the season" batch etc). I've output these as TIFFs and brought them into an FCP timeline with 1 sec cross dissolves between them.

My only problem is that the text is looking bad - pixelated - on the timeline (I can see the difference between the viewer and the canvas windows).


Any ideas how I can fix this?

Thanks!


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David Roth Weiss
Re: trouble with text in images
on Dec 6, 2011 at 6:43:31 pm

You're most likely editing on a DV timeline, so...

1) Immediately go to Sequence>>Settings and change the Compressor drop-down menu setting to ProRes 422.

2) Re-render the timeline

3) Make sure your canvas display size is set to 100% exactly.

4) Playback and see the a vast improvement.

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Frank Miller
Re: trouble with text in images
on Dec 6, 2011 at 6:46:58 pm

Hmmm.... I've tried that and am still seeing the same effect on the text.... (though a dramatic improvement in the overall color)

Any other things I should try?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: trouble with text in images
on Dec 6, 2011 at 6:52:33 pm

Did you have to scale the text up?
How does this document Look in Motion or After Effects?

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Steve Eisen
Re: trouble with text in images
on Dec 6, 2011 at 9:38:25 pm

Text fonts that look decent to the eye in photoshop on a computer screen compared to certain fonts in video can look not so attractive. Try using a different font to see if that makes a difference. Try it on 1 image first.

Steve Eisen
Eisen Video Productions
Vice President
Chicago Final Cut Pro Users Group


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Gary Milligan
Re: trouble with text in images
on Dec 7, 2011 at 5:03:17 am

What is the resolution of the photos? What is your sequence setting in FCP? Do you have to scale the photos at all in FCP?

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