What is the Proper Frame Size to Create Graphics for this System?

Depending upon which Avid system you are using and which video standard (NTSC or PAL) used in your particular country, your graphic size may vary. All graphics should be properly sized before you import them. Improperly sized graphics are prone to distortion and loss of quality.

For those working with standard definition video, such as Avid Media Composer, Avid Symphony, and Avid Xpress, use the following sizes. If you are using Photoshop CS or later, you should design using the built-in non-square pixel document presets which will match the native size of the video frame.

Format 4x3 Aspect Ratio 16x9 Aspect Ratio Native Size*

Square Pixel Square Pixel Non-Square Pixel

Format 4x3 Aspect Ratio 16x9 Aspect Ratio Native Size*

Square Pixel Square Pixel Non-Square Pixel

NTSC

648X486 or 720X540

864X486

720X486

PAL

768X576 or 720X540

1024X576

720X576

* Native size is the actual frame size stored by the Avid system and supported by Photoshop CS or

There are two square pixel sizes listed for the 4X3 aspect ratio for flexibility. Designing at the 720X540 standard allows you to carry graphics to both NTSC and PAL. A small crop to 720X534 will also allow them to be used with DV footage or DVD titles.

For those working with the Digital Video formats on Avid Xpress DV, use the following sizes. If you are using Photoshop CS or later, design using the built-in non-square pixel document presets

Format 4x3 Aspect Ratio 16x9 Aspect Ratio Native Size*

Square Pixel Square Pixel Non-Square Pixel

Format 4x3 Aspect Ratio 16x9 Aspect Ratio Native Size*

Square Pixel Square Pixel Non-Square Pixel

NTSC

648X480 or 720X534

864X480

720X480

PAL

768X576 or 720X540

1024X576

720X576

* Native size is the actual frame size stored by the FCP system and supported by Photoshop CS or later.

If you build in square pixels, the final step is to resize the square pixel graphic to the desired non-square pixel size. To do this choose Image>Image Size. Uncheck the Constrain Proportions box and type in the native size from the chart above. The graphic will now display correctly when played back from the timeline.

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