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  1. Hi Everyone,

    I recorded a 30 second clip on my Sony HDR-CX580 handycam. The resolution on my computer is great. 720x480; Data Rate: 9100 kpbs; Frame Rame: 29 frames/second Video format: 16:9. The picture is really clean and has HD quality. The video format is MPG.

    When I put the video into Pinnacle 14 and Pinnacle 17 the video quality is very poor. Poor resolution and NOT HD quality.

    How do I preserve the integrity of the video? How do I keep it the same quality as on my computer.

    Thanks!
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  2. Originally Posted by kogandmi View Post
    The picture is really clean and has HD quality.
    No, it doesn't. You said it's 720x480 which is standard definition.
    How do I preserve the integrity of the video?
    Don't reencode it? What are you doing in the Pinnicle programs that you feel you have to reencode? Or give it the same bitrate/resolution/properties as the source, so it doesn't degrade any more than necessary.
    Poor resolution and NOT HD quality.
    And what is the export resolution? You're not making a DVD from it, but doing something else?
    How do I keep it the same quality as on my computer.
    Don't reencode it. Any reencode into a lossy codec lowers the quality. You could reencode to nearly the same quality but maybe not with Pinnicle.

    Again, what are you trying to use Pinnicle for exactly? Maybe it can be done using a different and better program.

    And you should remove your other two threads on the same subject before they get removed for you.
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  4. Thanks for the feedback you guys.

    It is indeed Standard Resolution. All I do in the Pinnacle Program is that I just import the file into the program. Once I preview the video in the program, it is at a seemingly much worse quality. I'm not sure how much worse. I am trying to find that information in Pinnacle.

    I use Pinnacle for personal film-making. I do not do re-encode the file (or I think I'm not).
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  5. Originally Posted by kogandmi View Post
    I do not do re-encode the file (or I think I'm not).
    If it looks good going in but not so good coming out then...

    Do you have any samples? 10 seconds from the source and then the same 10 seconds from the export?
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  6. I think he's complaining about the preview quality within pinnacle

    Try setting the preview quality to something higher. It might be set low , to optimize for playback

    That doesn't affect the actual file quality. The preview is just a visual representation of the video.
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  7. Originally Posted by poisondeathray View Post
    I think he's complaining about the preview quality within pinnacle
    Oh, you might be right. I hadn't thought about that. But it begs the question of why anyone would care about the preview quality when one could do a test export to check the output quality, which is the only thing that matters. Thanks for setting me straight.
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