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  • Thu, Sep 25 2014 3:15 PM

    • skaros23
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    Why does my footage look terrible in Avid?

    Hello

     

    I am new to avid and Ive used Final Cut Pro for everything ive done. I took some footage from a final cut project and put it into avid and it looks terrible.

     

    In Final Cut, the footage looks great. Not in avid.

     

    Are there any settings i need to use before importing to avid?

  • Thu, Sep 25 2014 4:05 PM In reply to

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    Re: Why does my footage look terrible in Avid?

    Dont forget that, when you open QT files in FCP, you are linking directly to the file. When you import into Avid, you are creating new media. Therefore, you need to be cognizant of the type of media you are creating. What Codec are you using? What is your project type?

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  • Thu, Sep 25 2014 5:14 PM In reply to

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    Re: Why does my footage look terrible in Avid?

    To be honest, Im not very familiar with codecs. So you may have to explain it to me. My project type is a shared one (i dont know if thats what your looking for.)

  • Thu, Sep 25 2014 5:24 PM In reply to

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    Re: Why does my footage look terrible in Avid?

    Well if you aren't familiar with them now, you will be. Big Smile

    The "Project Type" describes the codec the project expects (XDCam, DNxHD, ProRes, etc) as well as the frame rate and raster size. You need to be famiar with these terms for each project you start or join. Look under the "Info" tab in your project window for this info.

    Then, when you are importing,  you are using import profiles that choose codec, frame rate, raster, etc. Your best bet is to ensure this codec matches the project in which you are working.

    Can you tell us what your project type is and, when you import, what codec is in the import dialog?

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  • Thu, Sep 25 2014 5:43 PM In reply to

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    Re: Why does my footage look terrible in Avid?

     

    Heres what I found under the info tab:

    Name: 2014-05-22 05_53_44 (id).mov

    FPS: 29.97

    Video: DV 25 411 (NTSC)

     

    There were a few other things but nothing that you asked for. Am i on the right track?

  • Thu, Sep 25 2014 5:53 PM In reply to

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    Re: Why does my footage look terrible in Avid?

    Ok, so you are in a very low resolution project. This means that, when you import your footage, it is being converted to a low resolution and small raster size. When yo uview this on today's High res monitors, it's going to look terrible.

    You should take a look at what the codec for the original footage is, ask in what format the project will be delivered and choose a codec more closely matched to your original footage and what will be expected on output.

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  • Thu, Sep 25 2014 5:56 PM In reply to

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    Re: Why does my footage look terrible in Avid?

    thanks for all the information. Ill play around with it and see what I can come up with.

     

    thanks! Have a good one.

  • Fri, Sep 26 2014 8:09 AM In reply to

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    Re: Why does my footage look terrible in Avid?

    Did you check the resolution setting just below the timeline?

    There is a small oval shaped button in the lower left hand corner, just right on the hamburger menu. If it is yellow that may be part of the issue (or maybe not).

    Click it to make it green and see if that improves things. If it doesn't, it is something else.

  • Fri, Sep 26 2014 3:54 PM In reply to

    Re: Why does my footage look terrible in Avid?

    skaros23:

     

    Heres what I found under the info tab:

    Name: 2014-05-22 05_53_44 (id).mov

    FPS: 29.97

    Video: DV 25 411 (NTSC)

     

    There were a few other things but nothing that you asked for. Am i on the right track?

    DV25 is a Standard Definition codec. What project type did you choose when you created the new project and how did you bring the footage into it?

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