Re: FCP screening sizes and output formats

From: Jeff Kreines (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Mar 24 2008 - 05:55:10 PDT

On Mar 24, 2008, at 4:42 AM, Stefanos Pavlakis wrote:

> Any suggestions what my best output from Final Cut
> would be (onto DvD) and what size of screen I could
> project on, without getting embarrassed with the image
> quality on screen?

Think of the apparent size of the theater screen in relation to where
you are sitting. A 30 foot wide screen seen from 60 feet away (two
screen widths) will look similar in terms of resolution to a 20" TV
seen 40" away (note that a 20" TV is measured diagonally, but we'll
ignore that for now).

Our local theater often shows NTSC video (usually from DVD) and I try
to sit much further back than I do than when they are projecting 35mm

The smaller the screen, the higher the resolution of the projector,
the better it will look. If the theater has a higher res projector
some of the newer DVD and HD players have very good upressing
algorithms that will give an apparent increase in resolution. Some
of these cost less than $100, and if the output is compatible with
the projector (and if the projector has enough resolution to take
advantage of it) it might help.

Remember -- content is always more important than resolution!

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