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  • FCP7 workflow HD to SD scaling with zoom

    Posted by Anmol Mishra on December 8, 2011 at 6:50 am

    I have to make a showreel for some dancers. I filmed them in 1080p25.
    I converted it to cineform using Remaster (I’m working on OSx Snow Leopard). I can use Prores using MPEG streamclip if needed.

    I setup a project with custom 854×480 (for youtube 480p). I deselected User Preferences -> Editing -> Always scale clips to project size

    I used the wireframe to resize the clips and move them so the dancers were filling up the frame (that was requested of me).

    Now I hit the various problems that FCP has with scaling – aliasing artifacts.
    People have posted that its better to use the scaling algorithms from MPEG Streamclip and other tools.

    Unfortunately as I am doing a zoom and move in the same frame, I am stuck using FCP as an editor – unless someone shows me another tool where this could be done.

    So how do I avoid FCPs crappy downscaling algorithms and manage to finish this frustratingly long project ?

    Jeff Meyer replied 11 years, 9 months ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Chris Tompkins

    December 8, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    You are better off editing @ the full res.
    Shot 1080 – edit 1080
    Export a “Current Settings” master.
    Use that file to drop into your compression program to create your various deliverables.

    Chris Tompkins
    Video Atlanta LLC

  • Anmol Mishra

    December 9, 2011 at 4:35 am

    I am using the extra resolution for framing, and using 100% would get me too close.
    Is there another option ?

  • Jeff Meyer

    December 10, 2011 at 5:44 am

    Did you change the Motion Filtering Quality in the Video Processing tab of the Sequence Settings to Best?

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