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  • Brian Lindstrom

    July 12, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Dear Creative Cow:
    A distributor has requested a still image from my documentary. The image needs to be 720×405 with an aspect ratio of 16:9. Is it possible to export a still from my with those dimensions and aspect ratio? I know how to export using the export–movie to picture, but haven’t been able to figure out how to get the desired dimension and aspect ratio.
    Any help will be greatly appreciated.

  • Everest Mokaeff

    July 13, 2011 at 9:41 am

    What about Preview? May be Photoshop or whatever editor you prefer. 720×405 means cropped picture.

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  • André Engelhardt

    July 13, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Hi Brian,

    You already know how to get a still out of QT so do that then open the image in Preview. Go to “Tools” > “Adjust Size …” and enter the dimensions of 720×405. This will NOT crop your picture (assuming you shot in 1.78:1 anyways).

    Saying that it needs to be 720×405 and 16:9 is redundant as 720×405 is 16:9 / 1.78:1

    That’s all there’s to it.

    Good luck,


    Audio Engineer, Sound Designer
    Video- and Photographer

  • Brian Lindstrom

    July 13, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Thanks so much, Andre. When I go into Preview and pull down the tools menu, “Adjust Size” isn’t an option. I tried searching the Preview help for “Adjust size” but nothing meaningful came up. Can you please tell me how to find the “Adjust Size” option?

    I really appreciate your help.

  • Dan Mansfield

    July 14, 2011 at 12:09 am

    “Adjust Size” should be there. Fourth one down from the top of Tools, below “Adjust Color.” What OS are you working with?

    If you don’t have Photoshop (which can do this easily), try Gimp. It’s a free Photoshop clone,

    Dan Mansfield

  • Brian Lindstrom

    July 15, 2011 at 12:14 am

    You were right! I was using an older OS system that didn’t have “Adjust Size” on its tool menu.

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