Resizing Shots in Final Cut Studio: Basic Scaling with QuickTime Pro

What if you’re not concerned about quality, and don’t have access to your Final Cut Pro system? Then turn to QuickTime Pro.

Anything you can view in QuickTime can be scaled to a different size. Unfortunately this method uses basic interpolation at best, and so the results will almost certainly be lacklustre. However, this can be a good choice to resize a lot of footage where quality is not an issue, and the more technically-minded can put Applescript to work to batch resize lots of clips without needing Compressor.

To scale footage in QuickTime Pro:

  1. Open the clip (or an image sequence).
  2. Select Window/Show Movie Properties.
  3. Select Video Track and click the Visual Settings tab.
  4. Type a new height or width (in pixels or percentage) under Scaled Size.
  5. Save or export the resized clip.


Tip: QuickTime Pro can also be used to scale image files or sequences

In the next part of the series, we’ll be looking at different cropping methods.

Posted: January 22nd, 2008
Categories: Articles, Tips & Tricks
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Comment from Magua - 6/28/2010 at 8:47 pm

Is there a way through Automator to batch a number of clips to do this?

Comment from Jack - 6/28/2010 at 9:05 pm

Surprisingly not! You’d have to use AppleScript to batch resize clips; assuming you don’t just use something like compressor.

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