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TOPIC: blurry pixelated text in NTSC DV format

blurry pixelated text in NTSC DV format 22 Nov 2016 23:01 #83127

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Hi everyone. I have tried to do some googling on this topic and I can see it's a difficult topic, but I'm making some home videos which I transferred from old VHS tapes in NTSC format. So the video quality is not the best anyway. But when I add titles or lower thirds from FCPx the text is also blurry and pixelated. Both in the viewer and when I publish it.

I have read that it could be to do with the X and Y position of the text, but I can't seem to find this function on the title editor.

Then I have also read that people suggest different codecs for example someone wrote "Secondly try copy>paste the final sequence in either an uncompressed or ProRes final sequence and then render. The text will look a lot sharper that way." But I have no idea where to start looking when it comes to codecs and that kind of stuff. I am still reasonably a beginner in FCPx.

My goal is to make video that can be shared on youtube. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!

Thanks!!!

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blurry pixelated text in NTSC DV format 23 Nov 2016 03:07 #83136

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Are you exporting to a ProRes 422 "Master File"?

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blurry pixelated text in NTSC DV format 23 Nov 2016 04:27 #83140

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sibeal.hill wrote: … from old VHS tapes in NTSC format. So the video quality is not the best anyway. But when I add titles or lower thirds from FCPx the text is also blurry and pixelated. Both in the viewer and when I publish it.…



What are your Project settings?
And at what size/res do you preview?

VHS has a real-life resolution of ~300 x ~200 pixel (VHS=analogue, has no pixel at all).
That is a fraction of the screen-real estate for instance a 5k iMac offers. When you watch 'full screen' you see each 'pixel' size of a matchbox :woohoo:

So, probably, you run into a 'watch only in native res'-issue ... size your viewing window to 480x360 (= a 1/12th of usual fullHD!) and judge quality again ..........

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