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Q: In the "Creating a Snapshot Effect" lessons, when the author imports a still image freeze frame from Final Cut Pro into Photoshop, he resizes the image before doing any work. Then he resizes it again to the original dimensions before sending it back to Final Cut Pro. Why must the images be resized at all? Also, in his example, the author uses NTSC DV footage. What should one do to resize the image if using 1280x720 HD footage?
A: The images must be resized and converted in Photoshop because of the different kinds of pixels being used. When working with standard video in Final Cut Pro, the pixels being used are round pixels. Photoshop, on the other hand, works in a square pixel environment. When mixing square and round pixels, distortion can occur, causing a squeeze effect. Therefore, a conversion must take place, either by the software or by the user. Newer versions of Photoshop will now automatically change the pixel aspect.
If using CS3 or later, simply select the matching preset to your FCP project resolution size.
If working with CS1 or older the process might require a manual change to the resolution sizes.
If working with 1280x720 make a new Document then simply select the Film and Video preset, then select the appropriate size from the "Size" option, HDV/HDTV 720 within Photoshop.
Work in that Document then save it and open it in FCP.
Q: I am attempting to complete the exercise in the “Creating a snapshot effect pt. 3” video, but I cannot get the timeline to open up separately when I double click on the PSD file in the timeline. So I can't see both layers of the PSD file in order to complete the animation.
- A: Final Cut Pro will only open layered PSD files into a separate Sequence if there are truly multiple layers.
Open the PSD file in Photoshop to test the layers, then save. Then open that exact file in FCP.
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