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Learn how to build and refine your story with the redesigned editing toolset in Final Cut Pro X. In this course, author Ashley Kennedy focuses on getting you comfortable with each aspect of the editing process in Final Cut—from preparation and organization, to editing and refining, to audio and effects, to media management and exporting. Each stage of the postproduction workflow is explained thoroughly and concisely, and uses real-world examples from both narrative and documentary workflows.
NOTE: This course and its exercise files are not compatible with Final Cut Pro X v. 10.1 or later. If you are running v. 10.1 or later, please watch Final Cut Pro X 10.1.1 Essential Training instead.
In this movie we will take a look at how to export your program to DVD or Blu-ray with chapter markers. So I'm going to go into my 13.5 sequence, and I'm going to enter it, instead of just select it, because I want to add some chapter markers. So we already know how to add markers, and you do this the same way. I'm just going to press Opt+M to both add a marker and open this dialog box. But instead of adding a marker or to-do item, I'm going to go over to this third tab, which is Chapter marker. And I'm just going to title this "Introduction" and say Done. And it actually adds a marker, plus it adds just this little orange ball that you just can drag for as long as the chapter lasts, which about right here is good.
All right, so that's the introduction, and then I want chapter 2 to come right here. So we'll park here and press Opt+M, and we want it to be, "Chapter 1: Meet BD", I'm going to make sure it's a Chapter marker, and Done. And then again, if I want to I can go ahead and drag this over for as long as Chapter 1 lasts.
So Shift+Z, we can see everything here, and we have got our two chapters, very good. Let's go ahead and export. Now you can export right from within the project if you want, you don't have to go to the Project Library. So I'm just going to click on the Share menu, and this time I'm going to choose DVD. So again, we have our program here that we can see, and we have some information about it, and when we come to Settings we can configure a few things. Now these are certainly not your fancy DVDs that you would expect to create in a DVD authoring program, by any means. These are for quick and dirty screeners.
So the very first thing I want to choose is the Output Device. As you can see here, the only thing, I can choose right now is Hard Drive, because I'm working on one of the latest generation MacBook Pros, and it doesn't contain a built-in DVD burner. So I'd either have to attach a DVD burner to my system or what I could do is just create a disc image by selecting Hard Drive here from this menu, and then I could take my disc image to another system that contains a DVD burner and just burn it later. So we will go ahead and go down to Layers, and when we want to choose either Single-layer Double-layer or Automatic.
Most of the time you'll just want to leave it on Automatic. Now if you have a longer movie, you may want to force it to do a Double-layer DVD for higher-quality. If you leave it on Automatic, though, then no matter what type of blank you insert into your computer, a single layer or dual layer writable DVD, Final Cut will adjust to it accordingly. Okay, so next up is your Disc Template. You have lovely black or a lovely white. So as you can see, nothing very fancy here. However, you can also choose a background, and you know what, we just exported a lovely TIFF of our orange here in our last movie, so we'll just go ahead and choose that.
Now coming back up here, you can also choose what happens when the user loads the disc, whether it comes to a main menu or whether it plays automatically. So we will want it to go to the menu. And then under Markers, Use Chapter Markers as Subtitles. Since we went through the trouble of actually adding chapter markers, let's go ahead and check that box. So I'll go ahead and click on Next, and I can choose where to save the disc image. In my case, since I don't have a DVD burner attached to the system. Or if you did have a DVD burner built-in, you would just press a button that says Burn, which I don't have.
So I'll go ahead and just Save this out, and now I have got a DVD disc image being written to my Desktop that I can then bring to another system or to a DVD duplicator. Okay, it's done. I'll go ahead and just hide Final Cut, and you can see that this is my disc image.img file, so this is the file I would bring to another system to burn my DVD. So back into Final Cut, because I want to talk a little bit about Blu-rays. Notice that Blu-gray is not on this list automatically. I have to go to Add Destination, and then I want to choose Blu-ray, double-click, and now I can configure this menu.
So up at the top, once again, I have to go to a Hard Drive, because I don't have a Blu-ray burner in my system. And again, you have the choice of choosing whether you want single-layer, dual-layer or automatic, we'll leave it on Automatic, so Final Cut adjusts accordingly. And below that is the Disc Template and instead of just Black and White, we have Black, White, and then these other options here, so three more options. So I'll go ahead and just choose that one right there, and you can see that it has a little bit of animation to it. But notice that you can also even bring in your own background if you want, and it gives you the additional options of bringing in a Logo graphic and a Title graphic if you like. And then coming back up here, we can choose whether to come to a main menu or play the movie automatically when the disc is inserted.
And then of course, we can Use Chapter Markers as Subtitles again. And then right below that is a command where I can include a button to play loop my movie if I wish. So I'll go ahead and X this out, and we can come up to the Share menu. There's Blu-ray, here's the settings that I chose there, and I can go ahead and hit Next, and again, we would be doing a disc image that will be sent to my Desktop. I'll go ahead and Save that out, and I can bring that to another system if I like. All right so as you see, creating very basic screener DVDs and Blu-ray discs is a pretty easy process in Final Cut Pro.
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