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Quality of still images in PE9

Jul 27, 2012 10:10 PM

Sorry, I know this has been discussed before, but I'm only an occasional amateur videographer, and the terminology in other forum posts is going right over my head.  I've tried, honestly I have!  But it's all too technical.

 

I have PE9.

Need to use still images in parts of my video project.

After importing and rendering they look fine until I actually play the video - then they go out of focus.

I understand this is something to do with the ?resolution? ?pixels?

I am in New Zealand therefore use the PAL format.

Can someone give me some very simple step by step instructions on what to do to prepare the photos for inclusion in the video? 

I do have Photoshop Elements but have never used it.

 
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    Jul 28, 2012 6:25 AM   in reply to Gazmum81

    OK, is this an SD (Standard Definition 720 x 576), or HD (could be 1920 x 1080, 1440 x 1080, or similar) Project?

     

    When you Open the Still Images in Photoshop, or Photoshop Elements, at Image Size, what are the vertical and horizontal pixels?

     

    After you insert the Still Images onto the Timeline, there will be a red line above them. If you hit the Enter/Return key, to Render the Timeline, that line will turn green - do the Still Images look better now?

     

    Good luck,

     

    Hunt

     
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    Jul 28, 2012 7:51 AM   in reply to Gazmum81

    >until I actually play the video

     

    Is that on your computer, or on a DVD you create?

     

    Read Photo Scaling for Video http://forums.adobe.com/thread/450798

     
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    Jul 28, 2012 7:25 PM   in reply to Gazmum81

    OK, when at New Project, what did you choose?

     

    If a DV Project, it will be SD, and hence 720 x 480, or 720 x 576.

     

    If you have Imported larger Images (which it appears that you have), then PrE will be Scaling down the Stills to SD dimensions. PSE, or PS, are better at doing that, than PrE is, due to better Scaling algorithms, and more choices.

     

    Good luck,

     

    Hunt

     
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    Jul 28, 2012 8:53 PM   in reply to Gazmum81

    You first need to decide on a correct project setting, which should match your video... and you then scale your pictures to match the project as closely as possible

     

    So... let's find out what kind of video you are editing...

    Read Bill Hunt on a file type as WRAPPER http://forums.adobe.com/thread/440037

    What is a CODEC... a Primer http://forums.adobe.com/thread/546811

    What CODEC is INSIDE that file? http://forums.adobe.com/thread/440037

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    Report back with the codec details of your file, use the programs below... a screen shot works well to SHOW people what you are doing

    http://forums.adobe.com/thread/592070?tstart=30

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    For PC http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net/en or http://www.headbands.com/gspot/

    For Mac http://mediainspector.massanti.com/

     

    When you create a new project and import your video, and before you do any work, do you have a red line over your timeline?

    http://blogs.adobe.com/premiereprotraining/2011/02/red-yellow-and-gree n-render-bars.html

     

    Also, to help you get started

    Steve's Basic Training Tutorials http://forums.adobe.com/thread/537685

    -v09 http://www.amazon.com/Muvipix-com-Guide-Premiere-Elements-version/dp/1 453871209/

     

    FAQ http://forums.adobe.com/community/premiere_elements/premiere_elements_ faq

    TIPS http://forums.adobe.com/community/premiere_elements/premiere_elements_ tips

     

    User Guide PDF http://help.adobe.com/en_US/premiereelements/using/index.html

    -the page also has links to help pages for previous versions... so go to the page for version 9

    -then, Right click PDF link in the upper right corner and select to save to your hard drive for easy reading and searching

     
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    Jul 29, 2012 6:22 AM   in reply to Gazmum81

    If the photos in your video project are going out of focus when you play back your timeline, you just need to render your timeline (Indicated by a red line above the clips on your timeline).

     

    Press Enter. The red line will turn green and your playback should look perfect.

     

    If you're judging the "blurriness" by the way the DVD looks, remember that a DVD is the equivalent of a 640x480 pixels image. So, if you're looking at it full-screen on your computer monitor, you've stretched it way beyond its actual size.

     

    No DVD is ever going to look as sharp and detailed as 2592x1942 images.

     
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    Jul 29, 2012 8:38 AM   in reply to Gazmum81

    In this ARTICLE, check out Reply 37, by Neale. He provides the steps required to batch process Still Images in PSE.

     

    Good luck,

     

    Hunt

     
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    Aug 4, 2012 7:15 AM   in reply to Gazmum81
    • OK, exactly what dimensions did you use?
    • What was the original format of the Still Images?
    • What was the output format, when you Scaled the Images in Photoshop?
    • What is your PAL Project Preset?
    • What is the setting on your Program Monitor, "Fit," or something else?

     

    Those are the prime variables, when it comes to using Still Images in a Video Project.

     

    Good luck,

     

    Hunt

     
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    Aug 8, 2012 2:40 PM   in reply to Gazmum81

    I would start by defining exactly what you are doing, i.e. doing a SlideShow with Still Images ONLY, or mixing Video and Still Images.

     

    Define how you plan to deliver the output file.

     

    Define the Still Images that you will be using, plus any Video, if you are mixing the two.

     

    Then, someone can point you to the ideal PAL Project setting, and also suggest the ideal Still Image pixel x pixel dimensions.

     

    Good luck,

     

    Hunt

     
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    Aug 9, 2012 4:07 AM   in reply to Gazmum81

    Gazmum81 wrote:

     

    I will need to do some in NTSC because they will be going to relatives in the USA.  Can I take it that the quality will be the same as for my PAL project?

    The significant difference is in frame rates. PAL operates at 25 frames per second, NTSC 29.97 fps. So PRE will adjust these on export.

     

    In all cases where I've produced NTSC from PAL I've been happy with the results. The easiest way for you to see is to burn NTSC from your PAL onto a re-writeable DVD and try it on your DVD Player / TV combination. Most recent European Players / TVs correctly recognise NTSC. If it works OK then you can burn to a regular DVD.

     

    Cheers,
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    Neale
    Insanity is hereditary, you get it from your children

     
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