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Resizing photos for Premiere 7 slideshow

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Resizing photos for Premiere 7 slideshow

Postby Henry111 » Tue Jul 14, 2009 8:34 pm

I plan to resize my photos in Photoshop Elements 7 for use in a Premiere 7 slideshow.
To what size (pixels and/or resolution) should I resize the photos for use in the Premiere 7 slideshow?
If it matters, I plan to apply motion effects to some of the photos in PRE 7.
Advice will be most appreciated.
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Re: Resizing photos for Premiere 7 slideshow

Postby Steve Grisetti » Tue Jul 14, 2009 8:54 pm

Hi, Henry. Welcome to Muvipix!

I recommend 1000x750 pixels.

That's the most efficient size that still allows room for some panning and zooming.

In Photoshop Elements, you can resize a whole batch of photos at once using the Process Multiple Files tool under the File menu. Just set the width for the photos to 1000 pixels and leave the option to Constrain Proportions checked.
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Re: Resizing photos for Premiere 7 slideshow

Postby Henry111 » Tue Jul 14, 2009 10:28 pm

Thanks Steve.
There only about 40 photos involved. I still have the raw files and plan to do a bit of enhancing on each in PSE 7, so I will resize them as I go.
Regarding verticles: Should I make them 1000 tall by 720 width? Doesn't sound right. I assume that the verticles should be cropped to arrive at 1000x720??
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Re: Resizing photos for Premiere 7 slideshow

Postby Steve Grisetti » Wed Jul 15, 2009 7:35 am

As I said, the photos should be 1000x750 pixels. (No need to crop. That's the aspect ratio of a 4:3 photo.)

Since a video frame is 720x480 non-square pixels (the equivalent of 640x480 standard pixels), that gives you about 33% extra resolution so that you can pan and zoom.

(By the way, before you bring the photos into your Premiere Elements project, go to Edit/Preferences and uncheck the option to Scale to Frame Size. Otherwise the program won't let you set up your pans and zooms correctly.)

We've got an article on creating slideshows on our Products page, by the way. It covers all of the necessary details.
http://muvipix.com/products.php?subcat_id=7

My new book also shows you how to create slideshows using both Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements together.
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Re: Resizing photos for Premiere 7 slideshow

Postby Barb O » Wed Jul 15, 2009 8:32 am

Henry111 wrote:Thanks Steve.
There only about 40 photos involved. I still have the raw files and plan to do a bit of enhancing on each in PSE 7, so I will resize them as I go.
Regarding verticles: Should I make them 1000 tall by 720 width? Doesn't sound right. I assume that the verticles should be cropped to arrive at 1000x720??


Steve - please comment on my observations,
I interpreted Henry's question to be - whether he should make a landscape photo from his vertical photo by cropping?

So my reaction was to think that

-- yes, if the composition of the photo allows a landscape 1000x720 crop (using PSE 7), that is one approach
(and that might be simpler than scaling the photo in Premiere Elements for someone who has a better knowledge of PSE than PRE)

-- OR a different approach would be to leave that photo as portrait and place it on a background using Premiere Elements functionality
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Re: Resizing photos for Premiere 7 slideshow

Postby Steve Grisetti » Wed Jul 15, 2009 11:46 am

Well, the only alternatives that I can see are either cropping the top off the photos so that they're landscape or rotating them 90 degrees -- neither of which is acceptable.

This is why I always recommend that, when you're resizing, that you just set the width to 1000 pixels and leave the Constrain Proportions option checked. Then you'll know you'll always have enough vertical resolution.

And, when you make your slideshow, it's up to your whether you want to stay in close enough not to show the photo's edges or just lay the slide in, taller than wide, with black showing around it. Either way works.
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Re: Resizing photos for Premiere 7 slideshow

Postby momoffduty » Wed Jul 15, 2009 12:15 pm

For the portrait photos, put a motion background on the track below. Plenty here to choose from.
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Re: Resizing photos for Premiere 7 slideshow

Postby kmeillier » Sun Aug 09, 2009 8:20 pm

Does the resolution also need to be changed? I save all my pictures at 300 dpi, should I change it to 72 when I do my resize using the process multiple files in pse7?
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Re: Resizing photos for Premiere 7 slideshow

Postby Bobby » Sun Aug 09, 2009 9:22 pm

kmeillier wrote:Does the resolution also need to be changed? I save all my pictures at 300 dpi, should I change it to 72 when I do my resize using the process multiple files in pse7?


Resolution is really a meaningless term in this case. What is an inch in this case - on the monitor, on the TV? What matters is the total number of pixels, not the number of pixels per inch. Having 10 inches at 72 dpi is the same as having 5 inches at 144 dpi - it is 720 pixels.
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Re: Resizing photos for Premiere 7 slideshow

Postby kmeillier » Sun Aug 09, 2009 9:30 pm

Thank you!
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