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Final Cut X can use Compressor just as easily as Final Cut 7. In previous versions of Final Cut, you would find Compressor under the File menu. In Final Cut X, Compressor is available under the Share menu. As you see at the bottom of the menu, you have Send to Compressor and Export Using Compressor Settings. Now there's one important caveat. Compressor is now a standalone program, so you need to make sure that if you want to use Compressor, that you bought and downloaded it from the App Store. Otherwise these two options will not be available.
Now let's jump to the second setting, which is Export Using Compressor Settings. What's nice about this in Final Cut Pro X is that it quickly gives you access to all the custom settings that are available in Compressor. Without Compressor installed, you'll be limited to the default compression settings that ship with Final Cut Pro X. Once Compressor is installed, not only will you have access to all the compression settings within Compressor, but you can customize and save any compression settings which will then be immediately available to you in Final Cut Pro X. For instance, if I wanted to export an MPEG file, I simply would type in mpeg at this point and I see all of my choices.
I'm going to hit Cancel so I can show you how Final Cut integrates directly with Compressor. Under the Share menu, click on Send to Compressor. What this will do is launch the Compressor application. As you can see, the Compressor application looks exactly the same as the previous version. One thing to note. Since Final Cut Pro does not allow you to put chapter markers into your timelines, using Compressor is the only way you can add chapter markers to your program. One other minor difference between this version of Compressor and the previous version is that in previous versions of Compressor you would look at the Batch Monitor to see the status of your compression.
Under Final Cut Pro X and the new version of Compressor, you would use the Share Monitor. So as you see, Compressor in Final Cut X is not radically different than what you're used to. It's just knowing where to look to send your program to Compressor.
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