AV Project

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Jimmy Pat
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Help please

Anyone know how I can produce an AV project using high res pics with transitions, music etc. on my Mac [G4 D867], saved to a CD and compatible with a PC?
I know I can use iMovie, but will the still images be of a high enough quality?

Cheers
Jimmy Pat


Jimbo

PaulD
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Hi
iMovie is only really good enough for DV resolution images - which probably wont do justice to your stills.

Getting non-jerky high-resolution transitions between stills is really CPU/graphics intensive. It depends on how powerful the target PC is - an older one wont cope if you make your presentations too spectacular!

There is lots of high-cost Mac software - like Macromedia Director which does this. I dont know what is a cheap alternative - probably Powerpoint! (Keynote does it but isnt cross-platform).

You could do it in Final Cut Pro or Premiere, because they allow movies to be made at any high resolution.
All the codecs which work well with stills - allowing each still to be coded only once, not on each frame - like Sorenson - are REALLY CPU intensive, so your transitions would be very jerky on anything except the very fastest Macs and PCs.
Premiere is better at keeping the data rate down with Quicktime movies, as there is an 'optimise stills' setting which slows the data repeat rate right down on a still - but you still have to transfer huge amounts of data for the transitions in a movie.
The upgrade to Quicktime Player Pro allows stills to be added to music in a 'movie', and there are inbuilt transitions in the Quicktime specification - but you need an application like VideoFlix or LiveStage Pro to get at these transitions.
I'm not much help I'm afraid - there you go!

[This message has been edited by PaulD (edited 01 April 2003).]

Jimmy Pat
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Thanks for your help.

Have seen an AV produced on a PC and projected on to a full screen,it was brilliant. I think the program to produce it cost about £15.00
Who said Macs are better than PCs ?
Jimmy Pat


Jimbo