Improving DV Video Image Quality In Quicktime

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[ This article was first published in the November, 2010, issue of
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Brian Pshyk asks:

I have a quick question on export quality. Why is it that when I export my sequence as a mov that the quality of the QuickTime is soft. My sequence settings are 720×480 DVCpro50 compression. I export with the “same as sequence” settings not going higher, but not compressing more and I still cannot get the sharpness like I have in the canvas window. Is this something I just have to accept? Can it be a problem with the quality of my computer monitors?

Larry replies: Hmmm… I know I have an article about that here somewhere…. (rustle, rustle).

Here you go, read this: Make Your Videos Look Great in QuickTime

To fix it, open your movie in QuickTime 7. (QuickTime X doesn’t have this ability. QT 7 is in the Extras folder of your OS X 10.6 installation disks.)

Go to Window > Project Properties

Select the Video track

Select Visual Settings tab

Turn ON High Quality

Turn ON Single Field



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