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TOPIC: Soft image when scaling up 4K footage on a 1080p timeline

Soft image when scaling up 4K footage on a 1080p timeline 31 Jul 2017 17:12 #89666

Hi Guys,

I recently shot a 4K video because I wanted to cut in to it on a 1080p timeline.

The issue I face is that every time I do scale up, the footage looks soft. It certainly doesn't retain sharpness.

Can anyone suggest any reasons as to why this is happening?

I'm using a Sony A7s Mark 2 on a Mac Pro 2013. Latest version of FCPx

Here's the video:

Thanks to anyone who can help.

Phil
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Soft image when scaling up 4K footage on a 1080p timeline 31 Jul 2017 19:01 #89667

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Hi Phil,

FCPX tends to remap the clips' scale when placing them on your Timeline (all of them are at 100%), have you tried dropping them into Compound Clips (within the Event Browser) and using the CCs instead?
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Soft image when scaling up 4K footage on a 1080p timeline 31 Jul 2017 21:51 #89669

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Also, be sure you set the Spatial Conform to None.
AND be sure your 4K footage was PERFECTLY focused. I do 4K often, and occasionally a clip is not focused enough to be used like that. Tricky stuff.
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Soft image when scaling up 4K footage on a 1080p timeline 01 Aug 2017 12:19 #89671

This worked like a charm.

Never converted a clip into a compound in the Event browser before, but I will be from now on.

Thank you very much.
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Soft image when scaling up 4K footage on a 1080p timeline 01 Aug 2017 13:05 #89672

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I shoot 4k for 1080p all the time and the only thing I have to do is set Spatial Conform to None. There is no need to do anything else.

Converting it to a compound clip is not necessary. That is essentially the same thing as having the clips Spatial Conform set to Fit.

At 50% scale a 4k clip will fit completely into the 1080 frame. You can go up to 100% scale and even a little beyond for panning and zooming effects.
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