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    Default Importing Stills and Pictures What Resolution?

    Using Photoshop 7 I want to crop several photos to use as backgrounds. OK, I know that I should crop to 768 x 576 (pal standard) or 1024 x 576 (pal widescreen) to avoid any black edges but does it matter what resolution I use? 72dpi seems to be the standard for PC monitors which seems awfully low ........or am I missing something here?

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    The resolution is irrelevant on a screen. the DPI is about the relation between the image size in pixels and the actual size in CM on a printed page.

    So it doesn't matter, as long as the resolution is a standarad screen one.

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    Good question. I'm not convinced it really matters but to be sure, why not export a still from your movie to whatever format you like and open it in Photoshop and check what dpi it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by millsy
    Good question. I'm not convinced it really matters but to be sure, why not export a still from your movie to whatever format you like and open it in Photoshop and check what dpi it is.
    Fine idea............

    yes, its 72 dpi and yes I understand about the relationship between dpi and printed size but the filesize would be dramatically bigger at at a higher resolution. (not that this would matter to Premier, I suspect)

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    Mike is correct. It's the resolution counts resolution, and this needs to be set to the exact dimensions of your project for it to fill the screeb - any smaller and you will get black areas. Notice if you export a frame, the image dimensions are those of your project.

    One note about importing stills to a widescreen project - you have to import an "anamorphic" still, so that it is a still with full screen dimensions but widescreen aspect ratio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Peters
    One note about importing stills to a widescreen project - you have to import an "anamorphic" still, so that it is a still with full screen dimensions but widescreen aspect ratio.
    Aaaarrrggghhhh!!!!!! The nightmares will now return :cry:

    The hours I've lost trying to coordinate widescreen footage with still pictures and trying to sort out the pixel aspect ratios...... Thank goodness for 'Interpret as....' menu options is all I can say.

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