You may be wondering about the difference between your original high resolution photographs and how they appear in Animoto videos.
There are a couple of key points to consider when producing video:
- Digital cameras are capable of producing higher resolution than HD video.
- Compression between individual video frames is noticeable while a video is paused, but less so during playback.
Today's current of line digital cameras produce photos that have very high pixel dimensions. For example, the Canon 5D Mark III camera produces images with a resolution of 5760 x 3840 (or 22.1 million individual pixels).
Contrast the resolution of your digital SLR to the current HD video with a maximum resolution of 2 million pixels, and you can see why images shot with your camera may appear sharper.
Let's use the below photograph of a parrot as our example. It was taken with a digital SLR camera and has a resolution of 3888 x 2187 (8.5 megapixels).
Here are two examples from the above photograph. The images on the left were taken directly from the original photograph, while the images on the right are screenshots of the output after the photo was imported and down-sampled to HD video resolution.
|Original||HD video output (720p)|
As you compare both sets of images, you may notice more detail on the images on the left versus those on the right.
In addition to the difference in resolution between HD video and the higher resolution from your digital camera, there's also the matter of compression -- which is used to keep video files as small as possible, while also making sure they look great.
You can see the effects of this compression any time you pause digital video, whether that's your Animoto video on your computer, or on your TV.
The human eye won't be able to detect the slight loss of detail frame to frame, because the video is moving very fast. But, if you pause your video and compare the frozen frame of the video with your original photo, you might be able to see the effects of this compression.