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HD in, HD out?

Posted: Wed, 20th Oct 2010, 4:49pm

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pauly

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Help.... Nothing I have tried works. I am taking a video clip of a logo (HD) and trying to blow the logo up. I can't get both in and out of FX keeping the HD and aspect of my clip. I'm starting on a Mac using FCP HD. I get a great effect and all but either I lose the HD quality or the aspect. HELP!
Posted: Wed, 20th Oct 2010, 5:54pm

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Axeman

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Well, you don't give us any info about what you have tried, no project settings, no render settings or codec choices, but here is an overview that might help.

HD and quality are completely different things. HD involves the number of pixels in your footage, that's it. Quality involves the detail and color data contained in your footage.

To retain the correct HD resolution, you have to make sure you create the project at the correct resolution. Every time you start a project, you will see a project settings dialog:



You need to make sure that you use the same height and width as the footage you are going to import, as the size you select, or enter, here is the size that will be used for the final footage you export.

As far as quality, that all comes down to the codec you select when you compress your footage. Every time you render, you will see a window where you select a codec. As you mention being on a Mac, this is the window you will see:



In order to retain maximum quality, you will need to select a high quality intermediate codec. Excellent options in your case would be ProRes, Apple Intermediate, or Animation.

The aspect can be changed with a click in FCP, if necessary. Its part of the info in every clip. Hopefully this is helpful, its the best I can do without any specific info on your case.
Posted: Wed, 20th Oct 2010, 8:08pm

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pauly

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Sorry for the lack of details but damn if you didn't nail it anyhow. If I can't figure it out after that explanation, I need to just give up an play Jenga... THANKS!!
Posted: Thu, 21st Oct 2010, 12:11am

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pauly

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Im still having an issue. I sent the project out of FCP using 1920x1080 with the animation codec at 30 fps. pulled it into FX with the following settings...
template:custom
Width: 1920
height:1080
framerate:30
aspect ratio: HDV 1080 (1.3333)
scan method: progressive
When I rendered the final product, it seems to have kept it's quality but was again square (squished) when I take it back to FCP. I can stretch it but shouldnt it just be right? What am I doing wrong?
Posted: Thu, 21st Oct 2010, 12:44am

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Axeman

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You aren't doiong anything wrong, FCP is just displaying it incorrectly. As I mentioned, correcting the aspect ratio in FCP is really easy, you just click it and select the one you want.