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Noam Osband
I have some footage I want to use that is 320x240 in a 1920x1080 timeline. Is there anything one can do to make it larger?
on Nov 4, 2014 at 12:03:56 am

I have some footage for a project that is 320x240. I want to use it in a FCP7 timeline that is 1920x1080. Is there anything i can do to make it larger? I realize the answer is probably no. I know I could theoretically export it from MPEGStreamclip in 1920x1080 but I'm not sure that does anything for it. I know the answer is likely "Nothing!"....but the only dumb question is the one not asked.


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Shane Ross
Re: I have some footage I want to use that is 320x240 in a 1920x1080 timeline. Is there anything one can do to make it larger?
on Nov 4, 2014 at 12:08:03 am

yes, you can blow it up. MPEG will do it...Compressor...Media Encoder. But will it look good? Very doubtful. It'll look extremely muddy. Some options are better than others. After Effects and premiere Pro will scale well, but even then 320x240 to 1080 is a HUGE leap. Compressor is a step below them, so the results would be worse...and with Streamclip, even worse.

You can try to display it smaller, surrounded by a graphic or something.

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Noam Osband
Re: I have some footage I want to use that is 320x240 in a 1920x1080 timeline. Is there anything one can do to make it larger?
on Nov 4, 2014 at 12:17:35 am

Would it be different if I increased its scale in Final Cut as opposed to exporting it larger with MPEGStreamclip?


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Shane Ross
Re: I have some footage I want to use that is 320x240 in a 1920x1080 timeline. Is there anything one can do to make it larger?
on Nov 4, 2014 at 12:19:15 am

No. It'll be equally as bad. There really isn't any way to make something that low quality look decent in a 1920x1080 sequence. All that "enhancing" they do on CSI and other shows...with fancy algorithms...really doesn't exist. Or if it does, it in those fields.

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Mark Suszko
Re: I have some footage I want to use that is 320x240 in a 1920x1080 timeline. Is there anything one can do to make it larger?
on Nov 5, 2014 at 9:58:05 pm

Shane's right: there are only so many pixels you have to work with. Having said that though, if money is no object, you could try one of the apps that is used to up-size still images, using fractals. Doesn't add any sharpness or detail, but depending on many factors, some of them subjective, it *might* work for you.


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