For NTSC, DVD-Video will be 720 x 480 @ 30FPS, in either Standard 4:3, or Widescreen 16:9. Are you planning to output to DVD-Video?
If you are going to DVD-Video, then that NTSC DV (again, either Standard 4:3, or Widescreen 16:9) will be what you want. I think that there was possibly confusion on the part of Adobe Chat.
Your questions were all answered in your other thread, Meeka.
What specific aspects of the project do you still have questions about?
a) Make sure that all of your photos are sized 1000x750 pixels in size.
b) As Bill says, start a new project using the settings for DV video. You can not change your project's settings mid-project. You can only set your project settings when you first start a project.
Follow those two simple rules and you'll get the best possible results.
Otherwise, please refer to your old thread in which we covered a number of details.
Thank you, Bill. I'm taking your advice.
FYI: the chat guy said "
As I advised you to resize the images to 1280x720 and select the project
settings as HDV 720p. This is the best settings for you to start up with
the new project and will not give you a blurry playback.
So I did 4 short test projects last night, 2 using your setting advice & 2
using chat's advice. Then I burned each two ways (NTSC DV Dolby &
Results: the project created with your settings and burned NTSC DV
widescreen won hands down. The text captions on many of my images is not
readable with disk playback to TV! Thank you very much.
Thank you Steve. One more question: is it necessary to upsize photos that
are smaller than 1000x750? I don't see any clarity differences in
comparison DVD playbacks from the test projects I created.
If you're happy with the results, that's all that matters.
But I don't know how a 200x200 pixel photo is going to look when blown up to a 720x480 now matter how it is up-rezzed. Photos really do need to be at least 640x480 to look even remotely good on a DVD.
Ok. I'll upsize too.
Okay -- but, as I say, upsizing may not make all that much difference.
If your original photo is only 200x200 pixels, then upsizing it is just going to repeat pixels --- so your picture is going to look blurry anyway.
I really recommend not using photos smaller than 640x480, even if you manually upsize them, in a video project if you can possibly help it. They just don't have enough resolution to give you a clear picture!
I'm not sure you are correctly reading what Steve said... I don't think he said that you SHOULD upsize... I think he said that photos need to START at least at a 640x480 size... and that if you upsize a smaller photo it may not look good
If you do have pictures that are smaller than 640x480 and you upsize... be prepared for pictures that don't look very good on a DVD
Up-rezzing small Still Images, regardless of the program and the Scaling algorithm used, can lead to a diminished quality. As Steve says, pixels are created, where none existed. I try to stay away from up-rezzing, whenever possible, due to that diminished qualtiy.
If I have to work with very small Images, I often use another workflow, and a different asethetic choice. When faced with the prospect of using small Images, I will create a background of some sort (many options here), and then use that small Image at its original size, "framed" within that background - no Scaling involved, but obviously, that small Image will not fill the screen. The viewer usually has fewer problems with the small Image, than one that is larger, but has started to fall apart, due to the up-rezzing.
One "trick" that I use is to use that small Image AS the background, but alter it greatly, probably dropping its contrast and upping its brightness, and even adding a Blur to it, then do a PiP (Picture in Picture) of the Image at its original size. I might even create a "picture frame" in Photoshop, to really set that small Image apart from the background. That is but one of dozens of such possible treatments, and one is only limited by their imagination.
Another possible treatment would be to do a "photo wall" with several of the small Images in say a 3 x 2 matrix of PiP's. Sort of like a Contact Sheet.
Great ideas. Thank you.
What you said about up-sizing rezz problems for the viewers makes sense. I
appreciate the explanation.
You are most welcome.
When doing a Project, such as yours, it's not always possible to get the greatest Images (or Videos, for that matter), and I have been there, done that.
I have tried to use decades of Photoshop work as a guide, and to come up with other methods to use less than optimal material.
The same thing happens, when one has vertical (portrait) Images, which present several problems in a horizontal (landscape) Video Project. For that reason, I did a tutorial on working with those, and using an "abstract background," to allow me to mix portrait and horizontal materials: http://forums.adobe.com/message/2471303#2471303
That tutorial takes things to a "whole new level," but might be useful to give you some ideas for your material.
Personally, and depending on your Images, I think that I would consider the photo wall matrix with various PiP's for the smaller Images. I often use that technique, even when I have adequately large Images, but want something a bit different.