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James Pryce
Really bad pixelation in FCP 7
on May 6, 2013 at 9:38:33 am

Hi guys

Please forgive me if i've put this in the wrong place but this is my first post!

I have trawled this and other forums for an answer but a lot of the threads are regarding fairly mild pixelation following capture. I'm experiencing really bad pixelation!

I've captured HD 1080i into FCP 7 from my Z1 and on playback everything is really blocky in the canvas, slightly better in viewer but not much. The playback is all set to dynamic/unlimited which i think is right and i've exported a .mov file to check which looks fine so it's not the source. I'm sure it's a setting but can't think what else to check. It's going to be an issue cos although editing it is tolerable i have to key out a green screen which is gonna be near on impossible to see the edge.

Any clues?

Ta

James


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Simon Modery
Re: Really bad pixelation in FCP 7
on May 7, 2013 at 8:28:32 am

Dynamic/unlimited is exactly what not to use, bacause it reduces quality in order not to skip frames. For full quality playback choose "Safe RT" and "Playback Video Quality" set to "high".
Both adjustments can be made in the RT tab in the upper left corner of your timeline window.

Head of Postproduction
Motherlode

http://www.simonmodery.com


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James Pryce
Re: Really bad pixelation in FCP 7
on May 9, 2013 at 8:33:18 am

Hello

the problem is if i move to safe rt i have to render which is gonna take forever. maybe i'm being dumb (as a newbie!) but i thought if you let FCP match clip settings when dragging in you shouldn't need to render? The original capture was HDV 1080i50 25 fps, the sequence settings are the same.

Thanks

James

James Pryce
Jamp Productions
http://www.jampproductions.com
01256 952152


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Simon Modery
Re: Really bad pixelation in FCP 7
on May 9, 2013 at 2:16:42 pm

You are right. There is normally no need to render. My only guess is that somehow your sequence was set incorrectly. Right-click on one of your clips and choose 'Item properties' in the dropdown menue.
Note down following attributes:
- Vid Rate
- Frame Size
- Compressor
- Field Dominace

Close the window and select Sequence- Sequence Settings in the top menue. Another window opens showing you the attributes of your timeline. Check if everything is set to the same values, if not change it.

Head of Postproduction
Motherlode

http://www.simonmodery.com


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James Pryce
Re: Really bad pixelation in FCP 7
on May 9, 2013 at 2:20:21 pm

Thanks Simon. Yes, i have checked, double checked and treble checked all that and they're the same. Don't get it.

James Pryce
Jamp Productions
http://www.jampproductions.com
01256 952152


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