I am starting with a 1920x1080 Pro Res 422 LT file that was shot at a wide angle to leave room for cropping. I need to edit it, add graphics, and end up with a 300x250 file. What should my workflow be?
If I drop the raw file into the timeline, change the timeline settings to be 300x250 (or 640x480, for that matter), then resize the image appropriately using the wireframe, my resulting file looks significantly degraded.
Should I output a 1920x1080 file, then crop and resize in MPEG Streamclip or Compressor? If so, what are the exact steps to get the best results? I have attempted this several times with various options in each and the results are too cropped, but the video quality does look better than attempting the crop/resize in FCP. Thanks in advance.
[Louise Macaulay]"starting with a 1920x1080 Pro Res 422 LT file that was shot at a wide angle to leave room for cropping."
Overshooting... One issue will be that you will have to be careful about all your other element placement.
Maybe a 300x250 matte would help... or whatever will assist in predicting where your ultimate crop will be.
Dropping the 1080 material onto a smaller timeline should not affect the overall quality if you are expecting to do a pixel-for-pixel extraction. Had you noticed if the timeline render status changed color? Perhaps the degradation was simply due to a Final Cut lo-res proxy preview.
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