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Sean Winn
Struggling with basic photo editing from Photoshop to FCP 7
on Jul 26, 2011 at 1:29:58 pm

Hi,
I'm having trouble getting it 'right' when bringing in PS graphics to use in FCP 7.

I've created several 1280x720 images (we display on the weekends in a widescreen format) in PS. But when I bring them in to FCP 7, they are getting stretched vertically.

My FCP 7 easy setup is on Pro res, but I believe that gets overridden anytime you drop something in the timeline & let it set the sequence. That actually doesn't happen here, just a red bar for rendering when I drop a PSD file into the FCP timeline (then it's stretched as I mentioned). So I started trying to set my timeline to HDV 720p which stated it was 1280x720, but then the

I've tried exporting a psd, png, and tiff to see if it would make a difference and it's a mixed bag with none of it being right. For example...
This morning I brought in a tiff at the size mentioned above and, in the timeline (1280x720), with the file un-rendered, it was the correct size and looked crisp. As soon as I rendered it, the resolution was terrible, no longer crisp. Then I exported it as a test and not only was the resolution bad, but the video was stretched horizontally now.

Since photo editing in a NLE is a basic function, I'm mystified as to why, with such powerful tools, I can't get it to work right. I feel like I'm just doing one or two things wrong.

Any help would be much appreciated!
Sean


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Rafael Amador
Re: Struggling with basic photo editing from Photoshop to FCP 7
on Jul 26, 2011 at 3:36:46 pm

[Sean Winn] "I've created several 1280x720 images (we display on the weekends in a widescreen format) in PS. But when I bring them in to FCP 7, they are getting stretched vertically."
Make sure they show with "Square pixels" in the Browser.
rafael

http://www.nagavideo.com


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Sean Winn
Re: Struggling with basic photo editing from Photoshop to FCP 7
on Jul 26, 2011 at 3:43:03 pm

Rafael,
Thanks for the reply - can you tell me how to do that?
Does that mean if they show with square pixels in the browser that when dragged into the timeline it will show correctly?


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Rafael Amador
Re: Struggling with basic photo editing from Photoshop to FCP 7
on Jul 26, 2011 at 7:35:00 pm

[Sean Winn] "Does that mean if they show with square pixels in the browser that when dragged into the timeline it will show correctly?"
Right.
Photoshop uses square pixels unless you set a different aspect.
If your sequence is 1280x720 SQ pixels, the still should fit the canvas without resizing or distortion. No Black bars.
rafael

http://www.nagavideo.com


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Sean Winn
Re: Struggling with basic photo editing from Photoshop to FCP 7
on Jul 26, 2011 at 7:48:36 pm

Rafael, thanks for getting back.

Ok, I set the sequence settings to 'square pixels'. The PSD files were still distorted but the PNG & Tiff files of the same image were showing correctly now. I'm starting to figure out what I did wrong.

ONE MORE QUESTION that's troubling to me....

Why, when I render the PNG or Tiff files does the quality in the canvas degrade after rendering?

Thanks again,
S


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Rafael Amador
Re: Struggling with basic photo editing from Photoshop to FCP 7
on Jul 26, 2011 at 9:07:08 pm

[Sean Winn] "Why, when I render the PNG or Tiff files does the quality in the canvas degrade after rendering?"
Set the Canvas at 100%, if the picture doesn't look good, try setting Prores as your sequence codec, and "Render in High Precission".
rafael

http://www.nagavideo.com


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Sean Winn
Re: Struggling with basic photo editing from Photoshop to FCP 7
on Jul 26, 2011 at 9:16:59 pm

Rafael,
That did the trick. As soon as I set the compressor to ProRes LT, everything in the timeline rendered with no degradation in the image.

Thanks for your time..
Sean


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David Bauman
Re: Struggling with basic photo editing from Photoshop to FCP 7
on Jul 29, 2011 at 7:37:17 pm

I usually choose "deinterlace" under the filters menu if I've imported a tiff or png into my FCP timeline. De-interlace is under filters, and then the last filter option, video.


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