Get faster in final cut pro – 3 – quicktime export

Export as quicktime movie, then go to compressor.
This is good for two reasons: It is faster than exporting straight to compressor (try it out if you don’t believe me) and it gives you a full res export to work with in the future. Here is an example : I decide to export my project as an H.264 file from final cut I can go either way. The export to quicktime and then to compressor method is faster, but the export to compressor from fcp route will work as well. Next I decide I want an mpeg-2 version. If I already have a full res mov from fcp then the compression is pretty fast. If not then fcp needs to go back and re-render everything, then export. I think this gap gets magnified even more when you have multiple export formats due to fcp giving compressor each frame frame-by-frame.

These are the kinds of tips and tricks you usually learn by watching someone else edit. If you have something that drastically speed up your editing, let me know in the comments!

~ by ross on January 20, 2010.

2 Responses to “Get faster in final cut pro – 3 – quicktime export”

  1. First, let me say you’re doing a great job with the blog here–there are too few post-related blogs in existence, and though some excellent ones appear from time to time, they often seem to disappear too soon.

    Great advice about the full-res export–I’ve been doing this for years now for the exact reasons specified. In this vein, you might want to consider a post about configuring Qmaster to optimize Compressor; I’ve seen far too many people in the field who are oblivious to the importance of utilizing all of the processing power available when compressing media. And if you could further correctly describe the methodology for distributed rendering via compressor, I’d be forever grateful.

  2. Thanks Eric! I’m really glad to hear you are finding it useful. Let me know if you do end up finding any other good post blogs, I’d love to link to them! Keep on reading, and hit me up if you have any tips or suggestions.

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