The general recommendation is to resize images to no more than 1000 x 750, so you are not far off the mark with 1200 x 800.
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I don't know about your manual, but my books recommend you keep your images no larger than 1000x750 pixels in size. 4096x4096 would likely stop all but the most powerful computers right in their tracks -- and even if it did work, the program would likely choke during output to DVD.
So trust me. Keep it at 1000x750 or smaller.
There are a number of ways to do pans and zooms in Premiere Elements, so I'm not sure what you're comparing when you say pan & zoom effects vs. pan & zoom presets.
The presets are set up for various sizes of photos, as can be determined by the names of the preset For instance the 920x1280 Zoom In preset will work perfectly with a 920x1280 pixel photo. If you match the photo sizes with the preset you won't get a black box around the outside.
But the best way to get good, custom pans & zooms is to use keyframing.
I cover keyframing in my books -- and show you some advanced tricks with keyframing in my new "Cool Tricks & Hot Tips for Adobe Premiere Elements." I've also got a Steve's Tips article "Basic Keyframing PDF" you can download from the Muvipix.com site for free. I also cover it in my free "Basic Training with Premiere Elements" tutorials.
Finally, if you prefer to use presets, I've got a set of free presets made to fit perfectly with 1000x750 pixel presets. Instructions on how to use these presets are included with the download.You can download it here.
http://Muvipix.com, by the way, is a great resource for learning and mastering this program!
Thanks for that Neale I will stay with that. The Adobe online manual does
get a little confusing.
Thanks for that Steve. The info I quoted is straight out of the PRE7 online
manual and that is why I questioned the info. Adobe says one thing and the
users say otherwise or am I misreading Adobe. Your opening sentence
verifies one of my concerns about file size and DVD. Please note I am not
trying to contradict you or anyone else it's just my confusion. LOL
Your comment about matching the image size to the preset is duly noted
however I didn't get the black border in PSE7 slide show, maybe I was
expecting to see the same in PRE7.
Anyway thanks again and I will look for a copy of your book and also follow
up on your links.
There is a great deal of difference between the max still image dimensions that PrE can handle (4096 in the largest dimension) and what works best. This ARTICLE will first give you some background on still image sizes.
Thanks for that Bill, I will follow on that link.
Bill, I just looked at your link about your workflow and I am doing the same
thing RAW to DNG then archive these for future use then DNG to PSD. I only
ever use JPG as required because there is no going back once the file is
saved as such. I use CS3s Image Converter which automates resizing similar
to your Batch file.
Do you resize the PSDs to say 720x480 and then bring the PSD into Premiere,
ie. all your files in Premiere are PSDs? The file size would still be
around 1 mb or a bit larger, this is not too big?
We use PAL here in Australia so do I just resize my 3008 x 2000 images to
720 x 576 or the next size up for pan & zoom and leave them in their native
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Yes, I just keep everything in PSD format, and do a Save_As PSD for my working files, say with Adjustment Layers, etc., and then usually Flatten, change Mode to 8-bit, Scale, Flatten and then keep that resized file in PSD for Import. Yes, they are larger than compressed JPEG's, but the quality is better to my eyes.
For PAL, one has to "do the math," as you have done. I listed the NTSC sizes, as that is what I use. It's the same for HD Projects, one would Scale to those Frame Size dimensions.
If I need to Pan on a Zoomed out image, I will Scale up a bit, to just what I need. Often, people do not want to take the time to calculate the needed pixels, so they choose a slightly larger size that should accommodate the animation. A few pixels here, or there, should not make much difference in the grand scheme of things, but I like to keep things simple and neat, so Scale to what I actually need. I might end up with 98% of my stills Scaled to the exact Frame Size, then a few variations, for animation, but I want the control of doing it myself, rather than letting PrE/PrPro do it. Even with features like Scale to Frame, I like to feed my NLE exactly what I need and what it wants.
Thanks for that Steve.
Thanks Bill, I will go with yours and Steves recommendations.
Many thanks for your help,
Thanks Bill, I will stay with yours and Steves recommendations. I'll crop
images where I have plenty of room in the image to avoid distortion and the
others I can resize them in CS3. When I have done a straight resize it is
almost impossible to see any distortion in landscapes anyway, maybe with
geometric shapes it would be more obvious.
You are most welcome, and good luck with the re-Scaling in PS. For me, it works a treat.