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Avi Lall
Dpi and framze size for photo scans in FCP
on Jan 26, 2012 at 3:44:05 pm

I have a project made up entirely of photos strung together with narration and music. It will end up on an SD DVD, playable of regular TV. I assume the FCP sequence should be 720x480 DV. For scans, what should be the sharpest possible dpi, 72 or 300? And what image size? 720x547 ??


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Chris Tompkins
Re: Dpi and framze size for photo scans in FCP
on Jan 26, 2012 at 4:26:36 pm

Anything over 72dpi for video is a waste.
The DV codec is not the best for final.

Make the images:

72dpi
RGB
.png/.psd/.targa/.tiff - Don't use .jpg for a bit of a quality bump.
YMMV

Size - depend if you are doing moves or not. If no moves on stills, size them a close to the sequence size as you can. If moves, make them about twice as big or so.

Start with the DV sequence preset - it matched DVD size.
When the edit is complete.
Change the Sequence settings.
Prores422
Rerender all/full.
Export using "Current Settings"
Drop that file into compressor to create your dvd ready files.

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta LLC


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Avi Lall
Re: Dpi and framze size for photo scans in FCP
on Jan 26, 2012 at 4:34:22 pm

Thanks a lot. However, the exported Quicktime movie with 300 dpi scans looks sharper on my macbook screen than the one with 72 dpi scans. What am I missing?


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Scott Roberts
Re: Dpi and framze size for photo scans in FCP
on Jan 28, 2012 at 8:22:03 am

Resolution is irrelevant, it's the pixel dimensions of your image - and your aspect ratio will decide that - is your project PAL? NTSC? 4x3? 16x9?

Scroll to towards the bottom of this page for pixel resolutions:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_common_resolutions

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Avi Lall
Re: Dpi and framze size for photo scans in FCP
on Jan 29, 2012 at 11:37:58 pm

My project is NTSC 4:3.

For future, what about NYSC 16:9. WHat res and what frame size of photos?

Thanks a bunch.


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