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Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by chicnycgal, Aug 19, 2017.

  1. chicnycgal macrumors newbie

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    hi everyone I'm super new to filming short videos and i wanted to know how to make my videos clearer. i use iMovie but when i view my finished product it plays in quicktime which makes it really blurry. i am a college student so i don't have the money to buy the expensive stuff yet like final cut. are there any alternatives? :(
     
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    How does the video look if you connect your camera directly to a TV or monitor and view the original footage? If that is also blurry then there isn't much you can do.

    FWIW, you can use Final Cut Pro free for a month, it is completely functional with no limits. That would allow you to see if better software could help. And if you can work fast, you could even finish a project. :) https://www.apple.com/final-cut-pro/trial/

    Apple also has some pretty substantial student discounts of their software. I know that you can get a bundle with all their "pro" apps for $200 which is really reasonable. But there may also be a discount if you only want Final Cut Pro.
     
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    Also not bad to have is an account with Vimeo, upload your material and view it that way.. I have a AppleTV and the streaming from Vimeo works very well...
    Strongly recommend to look into FCPX for students.. FCPX is just a more professional continuation of iMovie...Good luck...
     
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    Vimeo is definitely nice, the free plan is good enough to get started. If you are going to upload there then you should also get a copy of Handbrake, which is free: https://handbrake.fr

    It does a very good job of compressing video, I generally use it for the final step even though I have Final Cut Pro and Compressor. The last test I did created a file half the size of Compressor and I couldn't see any difference. Try the "SuperHQ" preset - but the lower quality ones aren't bad either and can give save even more space.
     
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    What are you recording your video with? When Sharing to file from iMovie, what settings are you using?

    Quicktime should not make your finished video blurry.
     
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    What resolution does it record in and does it look good in Quicktime before you put it through iMovie?
     
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    I've just downloaded and tried Robolite and can see no discernible difference in Quicktime before importing into iMovie and then after importing into movie and then Sharing to file at 720P. However, iMovie has reduced the data rate down to 5.6 Bit/s from 18.6 so there will be some difference.

    Also, the original frame rate was only 13fps so the movement of objects on the screen will not be silky smooth.
     
  13. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    Just checked, and QT screen records at 60fps. Much smoother moves.
     

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