Tips for Transferring Photos for viewing on TV?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Jeff, Sep 5, 2004.

  1. Jeff

    Jeff Guest

    I would like to get some advice from people who have done this....I am
    going to scan these Photos in and add music, transitions and titles
    for a nice video show. What is the best resolution to use for scanning
    these pics in to view on a regular TV? I would like to get the files
    as small as possible to make things go faster, but not lose any detail
    in the pics.....

    Any help would be great!

    Jeff, Sep 5, 2004
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    Mike Kujbida Guest

    Depends on what software you're using to do the editing. It also depends on
    the size of the image being scanned. For example, at a setting of 100 dpi,
    an image 4" H x 6" W would give you an image that is 400 x 600 pixels. The
    height would be fine for video as DV is only 480 pixels high but the 400
    pixel width is too small as DV is 720 pixels wide. Therefore, you'd need to
    up the scanning res to 120 dpi and let the software rescale the image for
    I use Vegas which has a pan & scan feature allowing me to zoom in and pan
    shots if I want. If no zooming/panning is required, I'll generally scan at
    150 dpi. I have scanned some images at up to 600 dpi though if I want to do
    an extreme zoom in/out.
    A great resource site for scanning information is

    Mike Kujbida, Sep 5, 2004
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    Larry J. Guest

    Waiving the right to remain silent, "Mike Kujbida"
    It's also the wrong aspect ratio, so some cropping would be

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    Mike Kujbida Guest

    You're right Larry but since Vegas has a "match output aspect" feature, I've
    stopped worrying about this. The biggest advantage to the pan/crop window
    is that I can choose where I want the cropping to occur - and change my mind
    later if I want to :)
    In addition, something I forgot to mention to the OP is the issue of safe
    areas. Make sure that you allow at least a 5% border (10% if anything has
    text on it) all the way around your frame to ensure that what you see on
    your computer screen will actually show up on your TV set. We've got a
    couple of old Sony monitors in our edit suites at work that will crop titles
    even with the safe area set to 20%. If titles show properly on these
    things, they'll show fine anywhere.

    Mike Kujbida, Sep 5, 2004
  5. Jeff

    Jeff Guest

    Thanks to everyone for the great information!
    I am scanning most of them at 200dpi and a few at 300dpi for closeups
    I do have a "aspect ratio" button in my software, so it does take care
    of any problems.

    Thanks again!

    Jeff, Sep 6, 2004
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