Make sure your still are not set to Scale to framesize either in the Preferences or in the timeline.
Premiere is not Photoshop you have to remember that.
BTW did you set playback at full resolution (wrench Program Monitor).
at 300-600% scale in Premier it looks terrible!
That's expected for any file. Ideally you never want to go over 100% scale.
I find that Scaleing to Frame Size actually helps low res photos.
I am so confused!
I created the original photoshop image with a $13,000 high resolution Hasselblad camera at 7000 pixels by 5000 pixels...because I wanted extremely sharp eyes and especially eye lashes to be visible in the final video. My images are produced at 300dpi...so I chance the image size to 72 dpi for video... use to reduce file size...and i make it a jpeg or png to further reduce file size.
Isnt there some way Premier can take a 7000 pixel original and display it sharply in 720p resolution video...thats only 720 x1290 pixel size. My eye image is 5 times larger than the screen.
My images look tack sharp on my monitor, and in a browser, and in Photoshop...but as soon as I render it out in premier...it looks soft and blurry on screen. Im trying to produce an mp4 file h.264 video file at 720 screen size for hi-res web video
Do I have to render my timeline as a quicktime animation to get the details to stay? If I create .mov final renders... the images are sharp...but now they are in a .mov file format... instead of the more common html5 mp4 format.
Is there some other codec I should be using instead? Is this the problem?
Thanks all for your helps
Show us a screen shot of your H.264 export settings. We want to know the sequence settings and the export settings. The problem is probably in the export settings.
I get tack sharp images using H.264 so we just need to see what you are doing wrong and fix it.
300 dpi 72 dpi etc has no meaning in video. That is just for printing.
Premiere is not Photoshop.
Original is 7000x5000 which you are scaling down to 1280x720.
Do that in Photoshop and see how that looks then add a highly compressed format (mp4) to it.
Im not taking 800 pixel jpegs and trying to blow them up...Im taking 6000 pixel originals and trying to make them look great in HD TV.
What is the actual pixel X pixel dimensions of the files you are bringing into Premiere Pro?
Isnt there some way Premier can take a 7000 pixel original and display it sharply in 720p resolution video
Sure. Just bring in the original and add it to the sequence. Never scale it over 100% Be sure Default Scale to Frame Size is unchecked before importing.