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Question: Poor quality after rotation & cannot play on QTime/RealPlayer

Jan 26, 2013 12:47 PM

I am using APE 11., which I have just purchased and installed. I have imported an .avi file (about 600 mb) created on my camera, and then rotated it, after scaling.  I also applied Smart Fix. Two problems: 1. The quality is significantly lower than original and 2. For publishing I do not have an option to select a format that can be played  by  Qucktime or Real Player. The published file is only about 110 Mb. I am new to this, and could not find the answer yet. Thanks  Kurb

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    Jan 26, 2013 1:10 PM   in reply to kurbconrad

    First, what are the specs. of the AVI file from the camera, and what make/model of camera?


    When you created the New Project, what did you choose?


    Do you have Apple's QT Player installed, and what version?


    Good luck,



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    Jan 26, 2013 1:13 PM   in reply to kurbconrad

    To amplify on what Hunt asked...


    Read Bill Hunt on a file type as WRAPPER

    What is a CODEC... a Primer

    What CODEC is INSIDE that file?


    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


    For PC or

    For Mac


    And, some general reading...


    Online User Guide

    -Page to download current PDF


    Importing Video

    -and project settings


    Saving & Sharing

    -Sharing to DVD or BluRay

    -Sharing for Movies

    -Sharing for Computer


    Steve's Basic Training Tutorials... steps are the same for several versions


    -v11 11200/


    FAQ faq

    TIPS tips

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    Jan 26, 2013 3:17 PM   in reply to kurbconrad

    That information might be very useful.


    Whenever one rearanges pixels, and Rotation does that, the integrity of the original will not be retained 100%. However, within parameters, it should not be that bad. Now, if one is adding something else to the mix, like Scaling too, whether desired, or because of perhaps a mis-match between Project and Source Footage, the combo can look pretty sad.


    There are just so many variables, that I am trying to throw out any, that do not pertain to your situation.


    Also, don't be alarmed if there are more questions, as that is how these things can go.


    Good luck,



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    Jan 26, 2013 6:56 PM   in reply to kurbconrad

    OK, MJPEG, while not an ideal, can usually be edited in PrE, if the proper CODEC is installed. See this article, and read down:


    Now, with a matching Project Preset, when one does do something, like Roatation, there will be a loss in quality. That loss might be noticed, or maybe not. Again, things like matching the Project to the Source Footage, will be important.


    Next, what one does next, with the Rotated Source Footage, will play a roll.


    Let's say that one has filmed a subject in the wrong orientation , like a portrait orientation, then wish to use that in a Video, which WILL be a landscape, or horizontal orientation, if all they do is Rotate, allowing the black bars to show, things should be pretty good. If, however, they also need to Scale up the portrait footage, to fill the horizontal frame, there are two operations, and combined, will likely yield poor results.


    Just some things to think about,



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