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Why are my movies blurry or fuzzy?

There are many factors that can contribute to the quality of the video. Some of them are:

  • Video format
  • Playback quality settings
  • Export quality

The video format can have a direct effect on the quality of the video. Some video formats, particularly DV Stream, are not intended for end-user viewing. Instead they are intermediate video formats used for burning to DVD or for further video editing in applications such as iMovie or Final Cut. If you view DV Stream files using QuickTime Player, the video will be stretched and played at low quality. This is normal. When you actually edit or burn the video using iMovie or iDVD, the resulting movie or DVD will contain high quality video. Of course, if you use iMovie to produce another DV Stream, it will have the same playback issues.

If you want to use QuickTime Player to view the full quality version of a DV Stream, you must have a QuickTime Pro key. Then you must set the playback settings on the video track to use High Quality Playback. Furthermore, you must set the video size to 640x480 for Standard (4:3) video and 853x480 for Widescreen (16:9) video.

Photo to Movie also attempts to reduce aliasing effects that are produced when photos are in motion in a video. To reduce the aliasing effects, Photo to Movie blurs the photos minimally. This blurring may be visible when viewing the movie on a computer screen; it is much less noticeable when the videos are played via DVD on a television. You can disable the blurring by changing the Photo to Movie export rendering option to be Faster Export instead of Higher Quality. We strongly recommend keeping the export rendering option as Higher Quality.

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