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Ling Chun
Sequence Setting & Output for photo of paintings
on Jan 10, 2012 at 7:12:43 pm

Hi,

What Sequence Setting etc. will you suggest for the project described below?

I'm making a series of short videos (3 - 10min each) from hundreds of photographs of paintings, shot in DSLR as RAW file.
I'm not animating a shape or line via computer but each frame is a photo of a painting (like this film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpamsEdCbX8#t=00m15s).

I want to set it up so that I have a variety of output options in the future, but first I must make a DVD version.

My project file loads so slowly, and I have to wait quite a while every time I move a bunch of frames at once, even just relocating them within the same timeline. Something I'm doing must be wrong.... So far my workflow is:
1) convert the stills from RAW to TIFF in Adobe Bridge, reducing the file dimensions smaller than 1920x1080. (LZW format?)
2) import the Tiff file to FCP project
3) drag these files to multiple timelines and manually reset the duration of each frame (it's not a simple stop motion so I can't use the same speed/duration for all of the frames)

Also, when I export or compress any of the short videos, crossfaded sections are often heavily pixelated. Is it because some of my frames are too short to crossfade? Is there a limit to how many crossfades I can smoothly operate per second?

Any suggestion is appreciated.


FCP 7
CS4 (Photoshop, Bridge, AE)
Mac Book Pro OSX 10.5


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Rafael Amador
Re: Sequence Setting & Output for photo of paintings
on Jan 11, 2012 at 2:21:15 am

Hi ling,
I would recommend you to keep the pics the smaller size you can allow.
Also Using PNG better than TIFF.
Edit on a Prores (HQ) better sequence, and set "Render in High Precision".
rafael

http://www.nagavideo.com


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Mark Suszko
Re: Sequence Setting & Output for photo of paintings
on Jan 11, 2012 at 3:48:49 pm

I'm curious why you think png is superior to tif?


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Rafael Amador
Re: Sequence Setting & Output for photo of paintings
on Jan 11, 2012 at 4:38:53 pm

No superior at all Mark.
In fact TIFF has many interesting exporting options which PNG lacks, but -being both plain 8bRGB, so same quality- PNG is, lets say, simplest.
I mostly recommend PNG no for my personal experience (never had problems with TIFFs) but for my observations in the two FC forums. I've heard more complains when working with TIFFs than with PNGs.
There is a kind of general agreement that to import graphics with only one layer and Alpha the easier is going to PNG.
Rafael

http://www.nagavideo.com


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