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Lesson 17. Lesson: Operational Troublesh... > Image Sizing and Scaling Issues

Image Sizing and Scaling Issues

Symptom #1: Fuzzy and Pixelated Images

“When I scale a still image above 100% in the Motion tab, it becomes pixelated or fuzzy.”

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In print media, you can vary the resolution of an image (measured in dots per inch, or dpi) to get more or less sharpness. A video frame on the other hand has no variation in resolution. No matter how big your video monitor is, its native resolution is 72 dpi. When you bring a 72 dpi image into FCP, it has a “one to one” relationship with what you will see on the resulting video output to the deck. It will appear at its highest, non-interpolated quality when it is scaled to 100% in the Motion tab. This is why we say it is native at 72 dpi.


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