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Resizing

Postby sjf » Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:34 am

Still a novice and still reading Steve's book. When I resize batch of pics to 1000 x 750, some become squeezed and some become stretched, and some come out fine. So am wondering if the original aspect of pic makes a difference: for instance, if original pic is horizontal, I would resize to 1000 x 750, but if original pic is vertical, I would resize to 750 x 1000?
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Re: Resizing

Postby Steve Grisetti » Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:33 pm

Sorry if I wasn't clear. And I also revised that number to 2500x1875 to accommodate high-def video.

That said, what I should have said is that you'll get the best performance if you resize your photos to a maximum of 2500 pixels wide and 1875 pixels high. The point isn't to resize and reshape the photo. It's to simply keep it to a size that's not excessive.

You don't say how you're resizing your photos -- whether you're using the batch resizer or your resizing them individually. But in either event, just worry about one dimension. For instance, set the width to 2500 pixels and make sure that the option to Constrain Proportions is set. The program will resize the photo and constrain proportions will make sure it is not distorted in the process.

Your photos won't all be the same size, but that's okay. The point is to just optimize the size somewhat.
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Re: Resizing

Postby sjf » Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:32 am

Thank you so much for your response, Steve. Following your suggestions above, when I put in 2500 pixels for width, the constraining put the height at 3333 pixels (outside your guidelines of 2500 x 1875?) I did not crop this photo, and looks good in PRE15 though I had to check "scale to frame size" to view entire photo - which of course left HUGE black bars on either side of pic.
When I tried to crop this vertical cell phone pic to 16x9 as first move, I lost most of image as you have suggested previously. I couldn't figure out how to crop to specific pixels (I was able to input data in crop tool option but nothing happened), but would that change anything?
I have since read the very many previous posts on this vexing issue, and will take your advice to take pics horizontally whenever possible - unfortunately, have many vertical pics already.
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Re: Resizing

Postby Steve Grisetti » Wed Jul 03, 2019 2:16 pm

That size is fine. You don't have to get it exactly.

I'm not sure what to do about the black bars on either side of your photo, however. Your photo is tall and narrow and your video frame is wide. You can either have black bars show on either side or you can zoom into the photo and lose some of the top and/or bottom. If it were me, I'd leave the black bars.
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Re: Resizing

Postby John 'twosheds' McDonald » Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:12 am

...or if you don't like leaving the black bars put a background (out of focus if that works better) on the track below the still image.
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Re: Resizing

Postby Steve Grisetti » Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:10 am

Like this:

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Re: Resizing

Postby John 'twosheds' McDonald » Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:16 am

I can empathise with your heartfelt plea for horizontal video, Steve.

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Re: Resizing

Postby sjf » Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:37 pm

At my wit's end! No matter how I manipulate a single digitized 4x6 photo, it still comes out blurry on video (whether added to project with video clips or used as slide show through project assets), though same photo is clear when using Photoshop slide show. Advantage of PE15 is that the photos can be tied to beats of music which is not available in Photoshop. Have tried scanning at 300 and 600 dpi which makes no difference (even though the 600 dpi version results in more pixels as seen on image size). Have altered resolution on image resizing in Photoshop from whatever the original is to 72ppi. Have tried turning on and off the resample size as per Kelly book. Have turned scale to frame on video side on and off. Am using 1000 pixels for horizontal aspect with constrain proportions checked (haven't touched scale style which is checked, but I have no clue what this means). Have tried bicubic sharper on and off.
Where am I going wrong, or is the Photoshop slide show always going to give me clearer pictures? Thanks so much for reviewing!
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Re: Resizing

Postby Steve Grisetti » Mon Oct 28, 2019 2:24 pm

I can't comment on the Kelly book. However I do suspect you may be making this harder than it needs to be, sjf.

There's no advantage to scanning a photo in at 300 or 600 ppi, if you're going to use the photo in a video. The density of pixels means nothing in photos that are used in a video. All that matters is the overall measurement of the photo, measured in pixels. If your photo is going to be used in a standard definition project, it need only be scanned in at 1000x750 pixels. For high-resolution video, 2250x1875.

How your photos look when you play your timeline in Premiere Elements is not necessarily an indication of how they'll look when you output your final movie. The playback you see in Premiere Elements is only a preview. There are ways to improve how your preview looks (rendering your timeline by pressing the Enter key on your keyboard so that the yellow-orange line above the timeline turns green is the simplest way). But even then, the preview you see may not be what your final output will look like.

Have you tried outputting your video (or at least a part of it) as a 1920x1080 MP4 to see how you finished product will look?
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Re: Resizing

Postby sjf » Mon Oct 28, 2019 2:27 pm

I have not tried outputting as you suggest, but I will definitely try that and let you know the outcome - thanks so much for your response.
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Re: Resizing

Postby John 'twosheds' McDonald » Tue Oct 29, 2019 2:23 am

Completely off topic (sorry) and as an aside on this conversation, in the past I have noticed that placing stills into a video project can cause "fluttering" (for want of a better word). This is particularly noticable in stills of people because, with the approroiate image size/resolution, it can look like the eyes are blinking rapidly.

This does not happen with all stills in a video but if you find that you have this "fluttering" problem, create your final output as de-interlaced video.
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Re: Resizing

Postby sjf » Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:58 am

My goal is to create a slide show where I can use Beat Detect tool and vary opacity of pics, hence desire to use Elements slide show in Project Assets rather than Photoshop Create Slideshow. Am using a Mac with 27 inch screen, and have scanned horizontal pics at 300 dpi, resizing width to 1000 pixels with constrain proportions checked and bicubic sharper on for use in a standard DVD project. Have tried flicker removal on and off (don't know if that is same thing as Twosheds mentions above). After rendering, did output as MP4 H.264 (did not see option to output as 1920 x 1080 as Steve mentioned.) Nevertheless, the outputted pics on video are blurry as CTI moves over the clip, though clear when CTI is stationary. The same pics used in Photoshop Create slide show are clear.
Is there anything else I can do or just accept that Photoshop will give clearer images?
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Re: Resizing

Postby John 'twosheds' McDonald » Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:05 am

sjf wrote:...the outputted pics on video are blurry as CTI moves over the clip...

I think Steve's suggestion was to export the final output - ready to write to a DVD for example, or to stream as a completed project.

Try outputting a small sample of your video as if it were the "delivery medium". Does the blurry softness remain?
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Re: Resizing

Postby sjf » Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:52 pm

yes, i outputted as above to hard drive, and from there, I could burn as DVD.
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Re: Resizing

Postby John 'twosheds' McDonald » Mon Nov 04, 2019 2:27 pm

Steve Grisetti wrote:Have you tried outputting your video (or at least a part of it) as a 1920x1080 MP4 to see how you finished product will look?

John 'twosheds' McDonald wrote:
sjf wrote:...the outputted pics on video are blurry as CTI moves over the clip...

I think Steve's suggestion was to export the final output - ready to write to a DVD for example, or to stream as a completed project.

Try outputting a small sample of your video as if it were the "delivery medium". Does the blurry softness remain?


sjf wrote:...the outputted pics on video are blurry as CTI moves over the clip...


I am not sure what is happening here. There should be no CTI on the final output video.
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