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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 the last movie, we covered all of the various ways that you can share your program primarily to web-based platforms, playlists, and Apple devices. In this movie, we'll take a look at how you export a high-resolution QuickTime movie of your program using one of the built-in Final Cut presets. Okay, so we'll select our project once again, 13.2 and then come back over to the Share menu, and this time choose Master File. This will probably be the option that you choose the most often when you just want to create a basic archival copy of your program.
Now again, we have the basic setup here under Info, we can look at our program, we can change the various title, Description, Creator, and Tag information and then down here we have our various settings. Instead of being optimized for an Apple device, you can see that the only thing chosen is Mac because it's expecting me to come into settings and select exactly what I want to do in creating this QuickTime movie. If I choose Format, I can choose Video and Audio or just Video and just Audio. And this should look pretty familiar because in the last movie we had a pretty much identical menu when we were discussing how to create a file optimized for Apple devices which you can see I can choose right here.
It's really exactly the same. For now, I just going to go back up to Video and Audio because that's what you will choose most of the times. Under Video codec, I have a little more than a dozen options, you can see day H.264 is the one that's selected, but I have all of these that I can choose as well. So you have the Apple ProRes family which is Apple's high-quality Codec, and then you have H.264 which again is very popular when optimizing for iDevices and the web. And then you have Uncompressed, both 8 and 10 bit flavors for sending out the file without any compression; so that would be your largest file. And then you have some basic DV options. And finally a few different flavors within the MPEG IMX family which is an MPEG-2 based standard definition codec.
Now other editing programs tend to have a whole lot more options, sometimes dozens and dozens. However, what Final Cut has done is to include the big hitters, the most popular and effective options right within the application. If you need to export a different video codec, then what you do is you send it through Compressor, which is Apple's encoding program that you can purchase right along with Final Cut. We'll take a look at how to work with Compressor in the next movie. For now we will stay in here, and I think I am going to select Apple ProRes 422. Which again is a very high-quality, very versatile codec in the world of video editing.
Below that, you can Include chapter markers, which we will take a look at a little bit later, and then you choose what it does with it when it's done exporting. You can open it into QuickTime so that you can review it, or you can set it to Compressor if you want to do some further compression, and again we'll take a look at how to do that in the next movie. If you want to send it to iTunes you can or you can do nothing just make the file. In this case let's go ahead and choose to open it in QuickTime. Now right below that, there is an option to export specific roles. We are going to ignore this for now and just choose QuickTime Movie.
We're going to explore roles in a future movie, though. So I'll just go ahead and choose Next, and I'll tell Final Cut where I want the file to go, Desktop is fine. And I am just going to click Save, and we chose for it to open it QuickTime when it was done so that's exactly what it's done for me here. I can go ahead and just put it in full- screen mode and review it if I want to. (video playing) So, as you can see, the QuickTime movie we created is a high-quality file that you can deliver to your client, keep as an archival copy, or bring into another program for further work.
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