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  • Best resolution for stills in movie

    Posted by Laurie Pepper on October 27, 2023 at 1:27 am

    Tried posting this in a couple photoshop supports, and why would they know, I guess.

    I’m working on a movie being edited in 1920 X 1080 and it may be bumped up to 2K. I’m scanning and modifying still images for use in the movie. I’ve heard that ultra hi res images aren’t recommended for movies. I guess the settings for the movie override the photo resolution. But if I want to zoom into the image, I’d think at that point we’d do better with a higher res image in the editing process? Does anybody have any good info about this please please, ’cause I can’t seem to find anything about it online.

    Ben Balser
    replied 6 months, 4 weeks ago
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  • Eric Santiago

    October 27, 2023 at 11:31 pm

    It all depends on the motion graphics part of your scenes.

    If you are zooming 2x or more then yeah it has to be saved at a larger pixel size.

    I am not sure where you heard that it’s not a good idea but it’s required if you are scaling images.

    There are things to consider such as the type of image scaled.

    Photos, vector artwork, etc.. are all subject to pixelation no matter what size you think you have it at.

  • Ben Balser

    October 31, 2023 at 3:49 pm

    So what is the Frame Size of your Project?

    If no zooming nor panning, size photos to fit as closely as you can to that Frame Size.

    If you do want to do zooming and panning, Figure out how far into the image you need to zoom, how much will you have to enlarge it? Then size the photo file you’re importing to match that.

    The issue with photos being too large, is the strain the put FCPX under, when way too oversized. That’s all there is to it.

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