Can you tell us about both your Project setting, and how you are doing the Scaling?
Remember, if you are going to DVD, the resolution is far below that of HD, so there WILL be a difference.
Thanks for your prompt response.
My PE9 project settings were PAL - AVCHD/HD 1080i25??
I had captured my video files via USB from my Canon camera which stored them on the hard drive as MTS files. Should I have used the Hard Disk HD option instead as project setting??
Also, I just ran 3 downsized pics that were coming up blurry on my PE9 project through PE4 and the quality is far superior. I would gladly go back and use PE4 for this project but I can't capture direct from my Canon video camera via USB to PE4 so I am trying to work out a way around it. Can I transport the MTS files from my current PE9 project back to PE4 (as there are several already in the timeline on PE9)?? If so, would I have to convert the files to AVI or something similar? Seems like alot of mucking around and I had hoped that by upgrading to PE9 that it would be a more capable program anyway.
Hopefully I have a simple setting wrong because it looks lilke the resizing of the pics is not the problem as they are great in PE4.
Any ideas as I am going around in circles now I think?
Since you are using a mix of hi-def video and photos, you'll need to ensure that your photos are hi-def to fit into your project:
1) Go to Edit/Preferences/General and uncheck the option to Scale Stills to Frame Size. (You must do this BEFORE you add your photos to your project.)
2) Ensure that all of your photos are 1440x1080 pixels in size. Import them into your project.
3) Place your photos on your timeline. (For best results, as I say in my books, right-click on each photo and select Field Options/Apply Flicker Removal.)
4) Render your project (press Enter). The red lines above the clips on your timeline will turn green and you will be able to see your slideshow at full playbacfk quality.
If you are using pans and zooms around your photos -- or if you want them to stretch the entire width of your video frame and bleed off the top and bottom -- you can use photos as large as 2000x1500 pixels in size.
And don't forget to right-click on the video on the Monitor and select Full Quality Preview!
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It is much better, both from a quality and also a computer resource perspective, to do all Scaling in PS, or PSE. This ARTICLE will be helpful. Note: it was written, when SD (720 x 480) was the common format, so with HD Project and Video, you will Scale to match the Project Preset, say 1440 x 1080.
Thanks for your suggestions. I will try those things and let you know how I get on.
Am I correct with my project settings as above? Or should I be using the Hard Disk HD setting instead?
Also, Steve your last comment about right clicking on the video on the monitor and selecting Full Quality Preview - is that just for previewing on the computer?? and where specificially is this button? Had a quick look and couldn't locate it.
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If you are working with video from a camcorder in addition to your slides, your project specs should (MUST!) match the specs of the camcorder's video.
If your Canon Legria is shoting in 1440x1080 PAL, that's what you need to set your project up as.
And make sure you click on the VIDEO AREA of the Monitor to set the quality level of the playback. (You can also set it using the flyout menu -- the >> menu that will appear in the upper right corner of the panel when you go to Window/Show Docking Headers, as I recommend in my books http://Muvipix.com/pe9.php.)
Just to combine what everyone has suggested, resize the image to the same resolution as the clips. And then import it to the project to get the best results. Keeping the playback quality as highest is only for the playback while you are working with the project and does not indicate how it will be when you export it (DVD/Blu-ray/File). Exported files are usually of the highest quality.