Scaling Imported High-Resolution Graphics

A high-resolution image is useful if you want to pan and zoom in or out of the image, such as a scanned map or photograph. There won’t be any image degradation because you typically won’t have to zoom more than 100 percent.

Scaling video and still images more than 100 percent creates artifacts: individual pixels become noticeable, causing a “stair-stepping” artifact on high-contrast diagonal lines.

Sometimes the frame size of your imported graphic doesn’t match the frame size of your edited sequence. If the frame size of the graphic is too large, only a small part of your image appears within the Canvas. If it’s too small, the background color of the Canvas (usually black) appears behind the graphic.

To scale an imported graphic to match the frame size of a sequence, use the following:

Frame size (pixels)
Type of video
1920 x 1080
High definition, 16:9, square pixel
1280 x 720
High definition, 16:9, square pixel
720 x 486
Standard definition, 4:3, nonsquare pixel for NTSC
720 x 480
Standard definition DV, 4:3, nonsquare pixel for NTSC
720 x 576
Standard definition, 4:3, nonsquare pixel for PAL
640 x 480
Multimedia, 4:3, square pixel
480 x 360
Multimedia, 4:3, square pixel
320 x 240
Multimedia, 4:3, square pixel
240 x 180
Multimedia, 4:3, square pixel
160 x 120
Multimedia, 4:3, square pixel