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Poor Quality Final Cut Pro QuickTime Fix

If your QuickTime movies have poor quality playback, it may be because you haven't turned on the 'use high quality video setting' within QuickTime Pro. Final Cut Pro users often complain about low quality rendering of graphics or titles, when in fact they simply aren't viewing the full resolution QuickTime movie.

Take a look at this sample title that was exported as a QuickTime movie blown up 500% using the standard DV-DVCPRO codec. You'll notice the quality is fairly decent, considering DV is compressed 5:1.

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If you are encountering poor quality playback with QuickTime movies using the DV-Codec you need to make sure the high quality video setting is turned on within QuickTime Pro.

To fix the problem, launch QuickTime Pro and navigate to the QuickTime preferences. Make sure 'Use high-quality video setting when available' is checked. This will dramatically increase the visual quality of your DV QuickTime Movies.

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Some users may not realize that the default setting is unchecked. This setting is also available for the PC version of QuickTime.

*If you require a higher quality render than what the DV codec provides, you can always change your Final Cut Pro sequence settings to Uncompressed 10-bit and then export your movie.

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