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  • Best way to grab high res stills from 4k video for printing

     Don Connors updated 1 day, 2 hours ago 5 Members · 9 Posts
  • Philip James

    March 8, 2023 at 10:54 am

    I have some 4k infrared footage, shot on a modified A7SMKII. I need to grab some stills from this footage and these will ultimately be used to create prints. I want the highest resolution grabs I can possibly get. I have used the ‘Grab still’ option in Resolve and then exported as TIFF. Is this going to extract the maximum possible resolution out of the original footage? Is there a better way to create stills from 4k footage? Should I use another programme?

    Thank you.

  • Riccardo Luppi

    March 8, 2023 at 11:22 am

    Hey Phil,

    The resolution of the stills you grab is dictated by the resolution of your timeline. Thus, the best solution is to set your timeline to the same resolution of your footage. Tiff is a pretty good choice. Png is also a solid choice as it is lossless.

    Hope this helps!

  • Philip James

    March 8, 2023 at 11:53 am

    Thank you Riccardo

    I have checked the Timeline resolution and it matches the footage – 3840 x 2160 Ultra HD – see grab. The person doing the grading of these stills, prior to printing, says that the TIFFs that I am sending her are 72 dpi (based on 135×75 cm) and 300 dpi would be much better for printing. I am not used to setting dpi for video grabs. I don’t even know the dpi of 4k video. There doesn’t seem to be any way of increasing that resolution within timeline settings. Hmmm.


  • Tod Hopkins

    March 8, 2023 at 12:54 pm

    Apparently, they do not understand how dpi works. This is surprisingly common with graphic artists. They can (and should) change the dpi to whatever they want. It is an arbitrary setting that determines printing size, not resolution. Video has no dpi.

  • Riccardo Luppi

    March 8, 2023 at 3:08 pm

    As Tom said, video has no dpi. On the other end, though, given a resolution, increasing dpi will reduce the print size. To counter that, I would suggest using Photoshop’s upscale function. This way, you can easily double the size keeping the same dpi value.

  • Philip James

    March 8, 2023 at 4:45 pm

    Thank you Tod and Riccardo – that’s really helpful clarification. I kind of figured that video had no dpi but wasn’t sure whether I was grabbing these stills at the highest possible resoultion from within Resolve. I guess if my timeline resolution matches my source material resolution and I am exporting as TIFFs then I am? There is no better way to grab stills from this video footage?

  • John Fishback

    March 8, 2023 at 6:20 pm

    Another option for upscaling up to 6X is Topaz Labs’ Gigapixel. There’s a free trial.

  • Philip James

    March 8, 2023 at 7:22 pm

    Thank you. My grader actually has that so we’ll give it a try. As long as I am squeezing out everything from the 4K video my end which it sounds like I am doing.

  • Don Connors

    March 10, 2023 at 1:57 pm

    I use Gigapixel AI quite a bit for stills – but, depending on the content of the image, enlarging in Photoshop can be better – I use Smooth as the blowup scheme, then sharpen with Topaz Sharpen AI…works pretty well…

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