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It seems that you may have your project frame size mis-matched compared to the frame size of the source video. Viewing at a 100% shouldn't degrade unless this is the case.
It's also possible that you have your Playback Settings set to Draft Quality.
Jeff to the rescue.
I see I have opened a new project at HDV 1080i25 (50i) and imported an .wmv clip at 720x480 at 29.97.
hmm. . .
Am I to,
A. resize the project somehow?
B. find a way to know the size of the clips I'm importing beforehand?
Also, I assumed the Playback Settings would have been under Edit>Preferences, but alas, I am wrong once again. . .
> Am I to
1.) Don't use .wmv files for editing
2.) Avoid upscaling video whenever possible: especially in large degrees, such as 720x480 -> 1440x1080 -- and even more importantly NOT with interlaced footage
3.) Especially avoid upscaling video in Premiere, as there are likely other tools that will do a nicer job
4.) You can't change the project dimensions. You'll need to create a new 720x480 project to match your sources
5.) Yes, you should know the dimensions of your clips before importing them (or starting a project, for that matter)
Playback Settings are set with a button within the Project Settings.
(Project/Project Settings/General/Playback Settings)
You can also access the Playback Settings and change the preview quality by clicking the little black arrow at the top-right of the Program Monitor window: Select High, Draft, or Automatic Quality.
1.)Don't use .wmv files for editing.
-When I hook up my XH-A1 to my Vista there's an automatic download program that pops up.
Is there something else I should use?
I've heard Premiere (as wonderful as it is) is better not used to download from your camera. True/False?
-I'm sorry, what does 'interlaced footage' mean? And what is the opposite of it? If anything?
As for other advice/instructions. Thank you.
I notice the playback is set on 'Auto', so I'm assuming the biggest problems so far is the fact my video size is so small, and Vista has (as Window's does so well) decided my original HD video clip wasn't the right size, color and taste, so it decided to crunch it down to a more 'suitable size' . . .
> When I hook up my XH-A1 to my Vista there's an automatic download program that pops up. Is there something else I should use?
Yes. Capture via IEEE-1394 (firewire) in Premiere*, but see below:
> I've heard Premiere (as wonderful as it is) is better not used to download from your camera. True/False?
I'm going to go with 'false' with one exception: There do seem to be some sync issues with HDV captures. Try using HDVSplit for better results (and scene-detected automatic captures). It's free: http://strony.aster.pl/paviko/hdvsplit.htm
> I'm sorry, what does 'interlaced footage' mean?
As a "newbie" (no slight intended) you need to learn about this stuff. It's sort of like "Video 101" stuff. The opposite of "interlaced" is "progressive" (or possibly non-interlaced, deinterlaced...)
You'll notice that HD specs usually say "1080i" or "720p", etc. The "i" and "p" stand for interlaced and progressive, respectively.
Very nice, very nice.
My day is now complete.
Homework isn't so bad when you're interested in what you're studying, is it?
To Wiki, and beyond. .
Here's another interesting link for you:
The information is (slightly) outdated and deals with PAL (that's the TV standard used by most of the world) and not NTSC (the American standard) but it will show you some of the issues regarding interlacing and various ways of combatting the problems, their relative merits and dismerits, etc.
More wiki of note:
I just noticed on the wiki that HDV is also another name for the Hepatits D virus. Don't mix those up :)
Some might say there is no difference ;-)
Does that actually mean I don't have to use those damn condoms when I edit anymore !!??
Thank the gods for forums. . . all the things you learn . . .
sorry, but last I heard hepatitis is not a std.
Back to seriousness and help and all.
What file extention/format do you suggest I capture video from my XH to my PC in?
You don't have a choice of capture formats. Set it up properly, and it should work.
By set it up properly, I mean use DV settings for capturing DV, and an HDV preset for capturing HDV.
Back to the laboratory, as it were. . .