View Full Version : Does it matter what bit-depth for Livesets

07-11-2011, 02:49 PM

Does it matter between 8, 16, or 32 bit depth when creating images for livesets? I know 16 will reduce banding in gradients over 8 bit, but is there any advantage to 32 bit over 16 in this area?


07-11-2011, 10:18 PM
If you are using VSE 1.5 and you want to warp video using magic images, you should use at least 16-bit color. The magic images need that extra color space for pixel mapping.


Eric Pratt
07-12-2011, 07:08 AM
I started out with 32 bit but the smaller file size, easier editing, and lack of visible differences has had me using 16 for all our work now.

07-12-2011, 09:33 AM
16 bit has enough to map the different shades of color needed. 32 bit may, and I do say may, matter when the mapped video is full screen. I personally stay in a 32 bit pipeline.

Take care,

John Perkins
10-21-2011, 01:15 PM
I'm resurrecting an old thread, but hopefully this is useful.

One of the first things VSE does on PSD import is to convert video input layers to 16 bit and all others to 8 bit.

Unless 32bit helps you in creating the PSD, it's not helpful for VSE, 16bit is plenty.

If you aren't making warped input layers (just full screen or shaped areas), 8 bit is just fine.