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Old July 27th, 2005, 08:12 AM   #1
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A Quick Time Question:

This question might not fit in this category but here goes. I have a 3-minute movie that I have done in FCPHD. It is going to be shown at a sales meeting. The person-showing movie will be on a laptop and it will be projected on screen. My question is. What size should I make QT movie so that the quality of movie looks good on screen. I do not have projector to test. Would 720X480 work, or do I need to go larger? If I need to go larger what would be the next proportional size.

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Old July 27th, 2005, 08:23 AM   #2
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Is your movie in the 4:3 format? Remember that Quicktime doesn't understand non-square pixels, so if you make the size 720x480 then everything will look a bit wider and shorter than it should. Scale your movie for square pixels in the 4:3 ratio - for example: 640x480, 800x600, 1024x768.

To choose the correct size I think you will need to know more about the laptop that's showing the movie, what software they are using, the resolution of the projector, and how it's hooked up to the computer.
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Old July 27th, 2005, 01:30 PM   #3
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Hey Ron,
Do not go any bigger than 640 x 480 as his computer will most likely not be able to play it back smoothly if it is any bigger. You can change the 'playback' size to whatever you want inside his quicktime player. If he has quicktime pro, you wil also be able to go full screen.

My advice would be this:
Encode out of FCP with the folowing settings:
640x480
Sorenson 3 video set at 65% quality
AAC audio set at 128kbps

Then play the output file on his computer using quicktime pro in fullscreen mode. Also be sure to test that his computer can actually play back full screen video.

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Old July 27th, 2005, 02:59 PM   #4
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Is your movie in the 4:3 format? Remember that Quicktime doesn't understand non-square pixels, so if you make the size 720x480 then everything will look a bit wider and shorter than it should. Scale your movie for square pixels in the 4:3 ratio - for example: 640x480, 800x600, 1024x768.

To choose the correct size I think you will need to know more about the laptop that's showing the movie, what software they are using, the resolution of the projector, and how it's hooked up to the computer.

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Old July 27th, 2005, 03:01 PM   #5
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Hey Ron,
Do not go any bigger than 640 x 480 as his computer will most likely not be able to play it back smoothly if it is any bigger. You can change the 'playback' size to whatever you want inside his quicktime player. If he has quicktime pro, you wil also be able to go full screen.

My advice would be this:
Encode out of FCP with the folowing settings:
640x480
Sorenson 3 video set at 65% quality
AAC audio set at 128kbps

Then play the output file on his computer using quicktime pro in fullscreen mode. Also be sure to test that his computer can actually play back full screen video.



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