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Well, some people have used photos that large, just to see if they can do it. Just like some people have tried using over 100 tracks of video -- just to see if they can push the program beyond its limits.
But trust me on this: In real world video editing, particularly if you're working on a project longer than a few slides, you do NOT want to use 10 and 16 meg photos.
For standard video, keep it below 1000x750 pixels. For high def, you can go to about 2200 x 1235 -- but you're going to see serious lugging on even the fastest computers at that size, so I recommend you don't do more than a few photos at that size.
The bigger the photo, the more the program drags and the longer it takes to render -- and the more likely the program will choke your computer and you'll never get your project done. (Oversized photos are the main cause of crashing during the render/burn phase of projects.)
Trust us on this.
Yes, I can confirm that 4096x4096 (4096 max on either dimension) used to be the limit, but with PE7 at least it is 16777216 (2^24) total pixels that is the maximum. PE gives you a polite error message if you exceed that and doesn't crash.
Peter, you're definitely a daredevil! ;)
I tried a 524 x 32000 pixel jpeg, unchecked scale to frame size, and keyframmed the anchor point to roll the image from top to bottom like credits. Then I went to render a preview and got an out of memory error. But then I exported it to DV-AVI without any problem. So doing one image at a time and exporting it without doing any rendering of previews seems to work.
I have 1 GB RAM total with 96 MB shared RAM for video.
>Peter, you're definitely a daredevil!
Purely an academic excercise, I assure you. At any rate my humble still camera only takes 5 M pixel pictures, which I only use sparingly at full resolution in my videos.
I have however stitched together a series of stills to make a panorama using Serif Panorama Plus, which I scaled and trimmed to make 4096x576. I then panned it in PE without problems. (Why not pan with a video in the first place? Because we ran out of video tape at the time!)