Final Cut Pro 6 - Graphics and Still-Image Formats

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Graphics and Still-Image Formats

 BMP: Standard bit-mapped graphics format used on Windows computers.
 FlashPix: A format for storing digital images, especially digital photographs,

developed by Eastman Kodak Company.

 GIF: Graphic Interchange Format. A common bit-mapped graphics file format used

on the web.

 JPEG/JFIF: Joint Photographics Experts Group. A “lossy” compression file format used

for images. JFIF is JPEG File Interchange Format.

 MacPaint (PNTG): A monochrome file format used on early versions of the Macintosh

operating system.

 Photo JPEG: An extremely popular file format because it can create highly

compressed yet good-looking graphics files. You can choose grayscale or color as
well as the amount of compression.

 Photoshop (PSD): You can import files created or saved in the Photoshop format,

along with multilayered Photoshop files. (For more information, see Volume III,
Chapter 19, “Compositing and Layering.”)

 PICS: A file format used on Macintosh for animation sequences. The format is no

longer used, in favor of QuickTime.

 PICT: A common image format used on Mac OS computers. PICT files can use any of

the standard QuickTime codecs for compression in color or grayscale.

 PNG: Portable Network Graphics. A file format for bitmapped graphic images

designed as the successor to GIF.

 QuickTime Image File (QTIF): A QuickTime container file that contains an image using

a supported QuickTime codec.

 SGI: Silicon Graphics Image file format.
 TARGA (TGA): The Targa file format. An uncompressed file format that stores images

with millions of colors. Targa files are supported by nearly every platform and
media application.

 TIFF: Common on Mac OS and Windows computers. TIFF files allow color depths

from dithered black and white to millions of colors and one form of compression.

Note: Almost all of these file formats can contain an alpha channel.

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Chapter 16

Learning About QuickTime