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Gayle Kirschenbaum
Prepping photos for FCP
on Jan 7, 2013 at 8:27:41 pm

I am wondering what is the best way to shoot and/or scan archival photographs to
incorporate into an edit. We are working in FCP 7.

1. If scanning, at what DPI and any other special settings?
2. If shooting, what is the best and least costly set up? Lights? Camera? I
have a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 and an Iphone 4S and a Canon Vixia HV40.
3. And what is the ideal size of each still image and format?

Thanks!


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Neil Patience
Re: Prepping photos for FCP
on Jan 7, 2013 at 8:42:01 pm

For stills in FCP 7 you must not exceed 4000 pixels in any direction 72DPI - I tend to do mine 3750 just to make super sure and it still gives you plenty of room to zoom and pan in an HD timeline. If you exceed 4000 pixels you are very likely to get the "out of memory" error popping up.
Plus it gives you plenty of space to zoom in to account for still images that are portrait rather than landscape.
(Its unlikely to get perfect 16:9 aspect stills that all fit beautifully in a tv screen by default.)
So I would scan to files and import that is certainly tons more flexible than shooting them.
In terms of image format you can use .tiff .png or .jpg Some people prefer tiffs but I have just made a short programme with loads of JPEGs without any issue at all.

best wishes
Neil
http://www.patience.tv


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Gayle Kirschenbaum
Re: Prepping photos for FCP
on Jan 7, 2013 at 8:52:02 pm

Hi Neil,
Thanks for your speedy response. Very helpful.
What I am also wondering about is what is the best way to transfer the photos.
1. Photograph with one of my cameras I mention or scan them in?


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Steve Eisen
Re: Prepping photos for FCP
on Jan 7, 2013 at 9:20:46 pm

Scan them.

Steve Eisen
Eisen Video Productions
Vice President
Chicago Creative Pro Users Group


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Kevin Camin
Re: Prepping photos for FCP
on Jan 8, 2013 at 3:40:14 pm

I would scan them. I don't see any advantage in photographing them, unless they are ultra glossy and the scanner is reflecting its own light back and causing blown out reflections. Or if you don't have access to a good scanner, meaning, your scanner isn't picking up the nuanced tones in the photos and is making everything contrasty or something.

I did a ton of photographic copy work when I was in school and it can be highly technical. Scan if you can in my opinion.

Best regards,

Kevin Camin


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Prepping photos for FCP
on Jan 7, 2013 at 11:01:19 pm

[Gayle Kirschenbaum] "3. And what is the ideal size of each still image and format? "

PNG's are good, but ideal size depends on what you're doing. You may want to do Ken Burns-type stuff, zooming from, say, a 4-shot to a tight shot of someone's head. You'd need a lot more than 4000x4000 that FCP allows, and you'd want to do it in Motion or After Effects.

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


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Bret Williams
Re: Prepping photos for FCP
on Jan 8, 2013 at 5:09:54 am

Or X. :)


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Michael Gissing
Re: Prepping photos for FCP
on Jan 8, 2013 at 5:17:10 am

That's just crazy talk Bret!! :)


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