Blurry iMovie images

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by oceanblue, Dec 4, 2007.

  1. oceanblue macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2007
    I am trying to make another imovie (i have made a bunch without a problem already). I am running into a new current movie will take perfectly clear photos from my iphotos batch and they will appear very blurry in imovie.

    When I click on the "Show photo setting" bar the "preview" is again crystal clear. I have tried "enhancing" pic on iphoto before importing...still blurry, saving it to a desktop change, and burned a video with these photo...still blurry in the finished burned DVD.

    There must be a setting or something that I am missing....I have not changed cameras or camera settings and the pics look great in iphoto and well as in printed out form from CVS/Target... How can it be clear in the preview setting as well as in iphoto, yet blurry in imovie?
  2. zioxide macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2006
    The photos are probably 5+ megapixel (>2000px1500px or so) and video is only 640x480. So theres going to be a lot less detail.
  3. oceanblue thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2007
    Thanks for the the "show photo setting" function is still displaying it in 7.1 megapix? Thats why it is so clear (as is iphoto)?
    Sounds like my imovie will thus be blurry no matter what I do... at least I can stop frantically searching for what I am doing wrong :)
    Are there any better digital photo programs out there that DO display your digital photos in a slideshow/DVD version (in high quality 7+ megapix) images?
  4. bigbossbmb macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2004
    Nope... DVDs are 720x480 with non-square pixels no matter what (for NTSC, I don't remember the PAL res, but I think it's 720x576). The non-square pixels make the image appear as 640x480.

    If you have photoshop, create a new image with the NTSC DV preset and drop your photo in there. Save it and do your slide show with that (without the Ken Burns effect). This will give you the clearest images possible on a DVD.
  5. eclipse macrumors 6502a


    Nov 18, 2005
    Yay, so PAL is better? That's me right, downunder? Cool. Finally being in Australia doesn't seem so far behind anymore.
  6. Dave00 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 2, 2003
    Actually, the important question is - do they appear blurry, or blocky? If blocky, it's related to the resolution - and you can hide this somewhat by always using the Ken Burns effect, and only moving a little. If it's actually blurry, then there is something wrong. Probably has to do with setting quality vs. speed (there is a checkbox for this, depending on what program you're using to render.)

  7. marioman38 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2006
    Elk Grove, CA
    i'm having the same problem, they are noisy when I play the timeline, but my images do not appear "blocky" when I hit pause; ken burns is on. I don't know why the IQ gets so much better when i hit pause. (I choose MPEG4, because in DV, each photo was taking like 200mb for some reason.)

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