Forum Question: Loss of quality in Imovie 09 Import

I have an mov files that I’ve imported to Imovie 09. But after import, the picture quality is severely reduced, in the viewer window itself. So my best exports will not be good enough because there seems to be some quality loss during the import itself.
Do you know if I can retain the full quality at import stage?

Comments: One Response to “Loss of quality in Imovie 09 Import”

    9/10/11 @ 9:15 am

    First, when you go to import the files, choose your options carefully. You do have the option to reduce the quality, so make sure you are not choosing that.
    Second, realize that the video you see inside of iMovie is a PREVIEW — it isn’t the finished video. This lower quality preview is rendered in near-real-time so you can edit. If it rendered the finished video while you edited, it would be too slow. So it gives you a preview instead of a fully rendered product in the preview area, you see?
    So the real test is to export your video (Share) at the highest quality. Then you will see the true quality of the final video.

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