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  • aliased degraded video

    Posted by Alan Stephens on December 30, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    I have imported some QT video clips into FC 6.05 to update my demo. I no longer have the original project files for some of these and they were done before I had FC. Some clips have text and it looks awful in FC. The QT looks great if I open it in QT with smooth text and edges of objects as well. When I import to FC, the whole video gets the jaggies. Is there a work around or this all you get? Is this some knid of generational issue?
    I read the post about the text aliasing, but it degrades the video quality as well.

    Alan Stephens

    Kevin Monahan replied 15 years, 2 months ago 4 Members · 5 Replies
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  • Chris Borjis

    December 30, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    are you exporting it first THEN looking at it in quicktime?

    final cut video windows should never be a judge of quality
    as the run dynamic resolution.

  • Michael Gissing

    December 30, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    What are your sequence settings? Do they match the QT codec? Do the clips need to be rendered?

    There are lots of ways to get it wrong in any editing system. If you are using DV codec in your sequence then it will degrade your text in particular. It gets worse if your QT codec is different to the sequence and you are transcoding. In that case a render bar will apear but your system will still try to play it at a reduced quality depending on your playback settings and system specs.

    Finally you need to judge image quality on an external monitor.

  • Alan Stephens

    December 30, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    I tried an export and it work fine. The playback in QT looked like the original. I added some text as weel and it also looked good.

    Alan Stephens

  • Alan Stephens

    December 30, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    I tried an export and it looked good in QT playback.
    So the FC monitoring is the problem? Not the actual video.

    Alan Stephens

  • Kevin Monahan

    December 31, 2008 at 12:52 am

    Yes, for proper monitoring, you actually need a video monitor. You can cheat with the Canvas at 100% though.

    Kevin Monahan
    Author – Motion Graphics and Effects in Final Cut Pro

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