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Mark Davies
Problems resizing photos for FCP - have researched but no luck
on Jun 10, 2010 at 2:19:57 pm

Hi there,

I've got a really frustrating problem that I've been trying to sort out with getting family photographs to run in FCP at a better quality and would be very grateful for any advice please.

Basically, I know how to add them to the project and key frame them for moves, but it's just that they always look a bit fuzzy.

Now, I've done my research and have scanned the photographs as 72dpi in TIFF LZW format as this seems to be recommended.

The problem is I keep seeing people saying that for 16:9 (PAL) I need to resize photographs to 2560 x 1140 if I want to do moves on them. Does 2560 x 1140 mean Pixels? Do I change this in Pixel Dimensions in Photoshop?

I'm a noob with FCP - but an uber-noob with image sizes etc.

I have been using Image Capture to scan my photographs in - and it won't let me scan to the 2560 x 1140. The closest I can get is if I whack my dpi up to 300. I am using Photoshop CS version 8 - and can't see a way of scanning directly into it - even by going to file> Import - there is no scan option.

Some of the photographs I have are quite small - so I was wondering if that is what is making them look 'fuzzy'?

Should I be going to Image > Image Size and entering the (2560 x 1140) values in there AFTER I've scanned it, or do I have to somehow scan the image in at these values?

The other thing is - that when I resize the image in Photoshop I can never get the exact value of 2560 x 1140 - and obviously if I take off the image constraint the photograph looks squished.

Before posting this message I experimented with a scanned photograph at 200 dpi and it was much better - 300 even more so.

If anyone could please tell me where I am going wrong I would be extremely grateful.

Many thanks.



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Louis McLellan
Re: Problems resizing photos for FCP - have researched but no luck
on Jun 11, 2010 at 7:01:26 am

300 DPI is the way to go. The lower the resolution the worse it's going to look. Also try saving it as RGB instead of CMYK.


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Mark Davies
Re: Problems resizing photos for FCP - have researched but no luck
on Jun 11, 2010 at 2:58:35 pm

Please don't reply to this post - problem sorted. Funny how different info comes up by changing search terms in google lol :0)


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