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This is the actual source image to a video track in Premiere (a PNG): decentqualityinput

With no resizing whatsoever, and .flv output, this is a resultant frame from the exported video: poorqualityoutput

How could I improve the output quality, especially the text?

What settings should I use

  • I've tried to max out pretty much everything in the FLV export settings.
  • And now I moved to MP4 output with H.264 encoding, but still get poor quality stills.
  • Here are the MP4 Export settings, what should I change?



Inspired from the answers, turns out that have to set the source to Progressive when creating a New Sequence (instead of Fields: Upper)

  • this is why I did not get better results whatever my configuration once I had created a sequence with Fields set to Upper
  • and this is why the following settings for my next project, yielded good stills
    • although also using higher resolution, so not sure high that plays into the test results
    • H.264 / MP4 Export settings otherwise the same


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Is the input source a set of PNGs? Any video footage involved? If not, try setting your sequence to 'Progressive'. As per the settings screencap, it's Upper field first right now. – Mulvya May 26 '13 at 7:42
@Mulvya it is Progressive already and greyed out (Field Order in screenshot); the source is a set of PNGs in one track (intermittent slides) and video below. I've also set video transitions to the PNGs (Cube in, Curtain out), but no other effects. – Cel May 26 '13 at 9:09
@Mulvya and in the actual Sequence Settings the Fields is greyed out too, and set at "Upper Field First" & tried to export without any effects just now, still poor quality stills. – Cel May 26 '13 at 9:13
Would give a +100 if I could. I've been battling a similar problem for months, and this explained what I was doing wrong. – Joshua Frank Nov 17 '13 at 14:32
up vote 4 down vote accepted

That looks more like a 'field' from the video, rather than a frame -- jagged diagonals are the tell.

If your video is interlaced, you may only get half the vertical resolution in a still, unless you specifically set it to output a full frame. Check the export settings.

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sorry for the delay and thanks for the answer - im afraid i dont know how to translate your advice into specific settings though, so i have edited the question to show you what settings i use (that produce poor stills still) – Cel May 21 '13 at 21:34
found the settings needed now, please see final edit. thanks! – Cel May 31 '13 at 12:33

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