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#1 Timothy David Orme

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Posted 16 May 2007 - 03:16 PM

I'm currently editing an experimental documentary film and have a
quick question for the forum

One of the things I'd like to get on the screen is a postcard. I'd
like to move around the image, zoom, pan, etc. I was wondering what's
the best way to get a decent quality copy on the screen? Part of the
problem comes with the fact that they're so small

I've scanned some of the postcards now, but I'm wondering if it would
be better to shoot them with a camera, or take a still photo of them
with a digital camera. I know if I shot it with a camera I could do
the zooms and pans myself, but is there a way to do that in FC?

Let me know if you have any ideas, or how you might do it.

Ah yes. And I'm not concerned if the quality of the picture is 100% clear (a little grain or grittiness is fine), just as long as it's not gritty enough to be distracting.
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#2 Sakari Suuronen

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Posted 17 May 2007 - 08:55 AM

Yes, you can move in a picture using Final Cut Pro. Go to the "motion" window in FCP, zoom a bit using "scale", then take your desired composition and set the first keyframe. Then go to the end point of the movement. Same thing: set the scale then the composition (set the "center point") The add the last keyframe and it should work. If you left click your mouse, there's also a possibility to "smooth" the movement. It works in some cases. FCP is not the best possbile tool for this kind of work. If you have any chance doing this in After Effects I'd go for AE.

I just scanned my photographs with the best possible resolution. It worked just fine.
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