Tips & Tricks

Making movies with IncrediZoom is easy, but may take a little extra effort to make things look just the way you want them and to keep your files compact. Here are some tips to help you make the best possible Zoom Movies.

Image Size

When you first start working with IncrediZoom, the temptation will be to use the big image files that come directly from your digital camera, scanner, or photo disk. But this means that when people view your Zoom Movies online, they will have to download these big images before the movie can start playing.

Instead, consider using smaller images. For instance, if you take one photo with a 3x zoom and a second photo with a 1x zoom, then the wide-angle version doesn't need to be very big. You can scale it down to a fraction of its original size.

As for the 1x zoom photo - the last one in the zoom series - consider turning this into two separate images. For instance, a 3.2 Megapixel camera takes images of size 2048x1536. Let's suppose you crop out a small region in the center of your photo of size 512x384 - one quarter of the original width and height. You can now also rescale the original image to be size 512x384. By using these two images together rather than the first image alone, the download size will be reduced by more than 80% without a visually noticeable decrease in the resolution.

Color Matching

You may notice that when the color, contrast, and brightness don't match very well between the images in your Zoom Movie, it's easy to see the image boundaries. If you can manually set the exposure and white balance on your camera, this will help you to obtain photos that have matching color. However, with analog [film] cameras, the consistent appearance between photos may be altered by a professional developer.

Thus, to get consistent color, contrast, and brightness between all of the images in your Zoom Movie, you may need to use a photo editing program like Adobe PhotoShop or GNU's GIMP, which can be downloaded for free.

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