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Using Compressor to export with custom settings


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Final Cut Pro X Essential Training

with Ashley Kennedy

Video: Using Compressor to export with custom settings

We learned in the last movie how to export a QuickTime movie using one of the built-in Final Cut presets. Again, there are just over a dozen options available, a dramatic decrease from the usual number of available codecs in most other video editing applications. However, the solution Final Cut offers is to include Compressor as an available add-on program for about $50. Let's take a look at how to work with Compressor. So again I have got my project I'd like to export here, and I am going to come up to the Share menu. And there are a number of ways that I can access Compressor settings.
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  1. 6m 16s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
    2. Using the exercise files
      5m 16s
  2. 23m 30s
    1. Understanding the world of nonlinear editing
      5m 2s
    2. Understanding how FCP X works: A new take on story creation
      1m 48s
    3. Taking a tour of the FCP X interface
      8m 59s
    4. Accessing additional tools
      6m 23s
    5. Getting to know the projects for this course
      1m 18s
  3. 24m 41s
    1. Creating and organizing events from scratch
      5m 20s
    2. Organizing footage with keywords and ratings
      8m 19s
    3. Performing searches and creating Smart Collections
      4m 59s
    4. Displaying event data
      6m 3s
  4. 42m 11s
    1. Playing and marking clips in preparation for editing
      7m 16s
    2. Understanding different types of editing tools
      6m 20s
    3. Making the first edits: Using Insert and Append edits
      7m 31s
    4. Changing shots: Using Overwrite and Replace edits
      5m 54s
    5. Performing video- and audio-only edits
      3m 45s
    6. Moving clips within the primary storyline: Swapping shots and creating gaps
      3m 28s
    7. Removing material from the primary storyline
      3m 44s
    8. Understanding timeline navigation: Snapping, skimming, zooming, and panning
      4m 13s
  5. 23m 58s
    1. Trimming clips: Using the Ripple tool
      9m 9s
    2. Manipulating transitions: Using the Roll tool
      5m 36s
    3. Changing clip content and position: Performing Slip and Slide edits
      5m 40s
    4. Using the Precision Editor for fine trimming control
      3m 33s
  6. 14m 2s
    1. Connecting clips to the primary storyline
      7m 0s
    2. Understanding the features and limitations of Connected Clips
      3m 40s
    3. Working with secondary storylines
      3m 22s
  7. 31m 23s
    1. Adjusting the audio level and channel configuration via the Inspector
      8m 47s
    2. Keyframing audio in the timeline
      4m 57s
    3. Repairing audio problems automatically
      5m 25s
    4. Adjusting audio EQ
      4m 46s
    5. Recording audio
      4m 4s
    6. Syncing audio from multiple sources
      3m 24s
  8. 25m 6s
    1. Nesting and breaking apart clips
      4m 1s
    2. Performing quick extractions using Top and Tail edits
      6m 16s
    3. Auditioning clips to try multiple editing options
      4m 9s
    4. Working with markers
      4m 57s
    5. Customizing the keyboard and workspace
      5m 43s
  9. 14m 28s
    1. Syncing your multicam group clips
      6m 47s
    2. Performing a multicam edit
      3m 53s
    3. Refining the multicam edit
      3m 48s
  10. 1h 26m
    1. Working with basic motion effects: Transform, Crop, and Distort
      10m 32s
    2. Using motion effects with still photos and graphics
      6m 25s
    3. Adding and adjusting transition effects
      7m 46s
    4. Adding and adjusting video effects
      6m 26s
    5. Adding and adjusting audio effects
      4m 30s
    6. Keyframing video and audio effects over time
      6m 18s
    7. Copying and pasting effect properties
      4m 15s
    8. Creating and adjusting titles
      7m 18s
    9. Working with generator effects
      6m 46s
    10. Adding animated themes
      4m 7s
    11. Creating freeze frames
      3m 51s
    12. Using speed effects to retime clips
      8m 2s
    13. Working with layered Photoshop files
      6m 19s
    14. Understanding rendering options and preferences
      4m 4s
  11. 36m 15s
    1. Analyzing footage for problems
      3m 49s
    2. Following a proper color correction workflow
      10m 29s
    3. Apply multiple color corrections to clips
      3m 41s
    4. Using color correction templates
      3m 11s
    5. Using automatic color correction tools
      6m 15s
    6. Performing secondary color correction with color masks
      4m 30s
    7. Performing color correction adjustments using shape masks
      4m 20s
  12. 18m 54s
    1. Taking a closer look at the import and analysis options
      5m 56s
    2. Importing from cards and file-based cameras
      4m 14s
    3. Importing iMovie projects and events
      1m 58s
    4. Capturing from tape
      3m 18s
    5. Making a tape archive
      3m 28s
  13. 16m 13s
    1. Managing events between different drives and destinations
      6m 13s
    2. Managing render files
      2m 56s
    3. Collaborating and archiving
      7m 4s
  14. 34m 38s
    1. Sharing projects using presets
      7m 41s
    2. Exporting a hi-res QuickTime movie
      3m 46s
    3. Using Compressor to export with custom settings
      7m 54s
    4. Exporting a still image
      1m 22s
    5. Exporting to DVD or Blu-ray with chapter markers
      5m 33s
    6. Exporting stems out of the timeline using roles
      8m 22s
  15. 14m 1s
    1. Solving offline media problems
      10m 29s
    2. Troubleshooting data and settings corruption problems
      3m 32s
  16. 3m 28s
    1. Next steps
      3m 28s

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Final Cut Pro X Essential Training
6h 55m Beginner Mar 14, 2013

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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.

This lynda.com course and its exercise files are not compatible with Final Cut Pro X v10.1 or later. If you are running Final Cut Pro X v. 10.0.8 or 10.0.9, please do not upgrade your software to v10.1 if you would like to use these exercise files. For more information, please see the FAQs tab.

Topics include:
  • Understanding nonlinear editing
  • Creating and organizing events
  • Organizing footage with keywords and ratings
  • Playing and marking clips
  • Performing Insert, Append, Overwrite, and Replace edits
  • Moving and removing clips
  • Trimming in the timeline: performing ripple, roll, slip and slide edits
  • Working with connected clips and multiple storylines
  • Adjusting audio levels, EQ, and more
  • Performing a multicam edit
  • Adding and animating video and audio effects
  • Working with motion effects, speed effects, titles, themes, and generators
  • Performing primary and secondary color correction
  • Importing and analyzing footage from multiple platforms
  • Managing media and project data
  • Sharing and exporting projects
Subjects:
Video Video Editing
Software:
Final Cut Pro
Author:
Ashley Kennedy

Using Compressor to export with custom settings

We learned in the last movie how to export a QuickTime movie using one of the built-in Final Cut presets. Again, there are just over a dozen options available, a dramatic decrease from the usual number of available codecs in most other video editing applications. However, the solution Final Cut offers is to include Compressor as an available add-on program for about $50. Let's take a look at how to work with Compressor. So again I have got my project I'd like to export here, and I am going to come up to the Share menu. And there are a number of ways that I can access Compressor settings.

One is by way of a method we already know, so we'll explore that now. I am going to select Master File and go to Settings and under Open With, I am going to choose open with Compressor. Now I can change some other settings but probably the most important one for now is under Video codec. I don't want to compress something twice. So let's go ahead and send this out uncompressed so that when it gets to Compressor it hasn't already gone through any compression. Okay, so I'll just go ahead and select Next and Save.

Final Cut is exporting the file and then in just a moment Compressor is going to open. Okay, so here we are. Again, this is a totally separate program, but it integrates really well with Final Cut. As you can see, in the upper left corner is my program here, and it doesn't have any compression settings applied to it yet. But if you take a look down here in the lower left there are an awful lot I can choose from. So, as you can see, each one of these folders contains various codecs and so I can go through, and I can search for what I want. Or if I know what I want, I can come up here to the search field and just type it in.

So let's say that we were told that we must deliver our program at a very specific compression. For example, the delivery specs for lynda.com say that I have to deliver my media in the animation video codec with linear PCM audio, which is a really high-quality compression for both video and audio. So again I could drill down and look for it, but I'm going to go ahead and just type it in, "animation" and here it is. Okay so I just drag this up, and drop it right on top of my movie. Now I can leave it with Compressor's default settings, or I can come down to this window here and configure it further.

In the first tab here I get a summary of all of my settings. Then as I go across, there are various things that I can adjust about this file. I can change any of my video or audio settings here, then I can also perform Frame Rate control. I can perform Video and Audio Corrections and Adjustment, which is pretty cool. So here's some Color Correction stuff, and if you come down here, we can put in some Text, Timecode, Watermark, all sorts of neat things. And then we can introduce some Cropping and Padding and then add some specific actions if we want to as well.

So a lot of things that we can change about this file. I won't change a lot, but let's say that we want to do just a couple of things. I want to come in here and just come into video settings and change this from Millions of Colors+ to Millions of Colors. That will help keep the file size down a bit but still maintain superior quality. Then maybe I want to come into my Video and Audio Adjustments and add a Timecode burn in. Let's just go in and choose Timecode Generator. And if we want to make it a little bit bigger, we can go into Select Font and bring up the size just a little bit. Okay and then maybe we want to just change the color, like so.

Okay, so it looks pretty good. If this is a setting I want to save to be able to use later, I can just choose Save As, and we'll go ahead and save this, so I am just going to type in "Animation" and then my initials and Save. Okay, so we have officially applied one compression setting to our movie. Now another cool thing about Compressor is that you can create an entire compression setting from scratch. So if you don't want to modify an existing one like we just did, you can just come down here--I am going to clear out animation--and then you can come to this Plus sign here and then just choose a base compression that you want to start from.

So in our case let's go ahead and choose QuickTime Movie, and then you can come in and change all of the settings exactly how you want. So notice that it's called Untitled QuickTime Movie here and here it is over here in the list. So I could make all my changes, name it how I want, and then it could be my special codec that I can use again and again. I am not going to go through all of this right now, but I did just want to make you aware of this complete custom option in case you were given a set of deliverables that you needed to meet. I am going to go ahead and just select this and delete this for now. Finally, I want to show you how to perform a batch export.

Right now I just have my custom QuickTime Animation codec applied to this file, but let's say that I also wanted to add a basic MPEG-2 setting to this, this one right here. We will go ahead and just drag that on. And let's say I also just want one for video podcasting, that's perfect. So we have three applied to this one file. Now I could come in and customize these further--again in this window here--but for right now I am just going to leave it alone.

Now before I submit, I am going to do one more thing. Compressor likes to save the compressed file to the same location as the source file. But if I want to change that, you can just come into this list here, I can just drag a different destination right on top of those. So if I want them to go to the desktop, I can just go right here, and we are just changing that to a desktop destination, like so. So this is ready to go. If I come down here and hit Submit, and then I'm going to Submit this and all three of these jobs get sent to compress, and I can let that go while I go do something else.

And when I come back to it, I'll have three compressed files for three separate purposes. We can take a look down here and see details on how exactly each one is going. While these compress I want to show you one more thing in Final Cut. Let's go ahead and head back into Final Cut, and I want to show you one more way to access Compressor Settings without actually opening Compressor. Now I do that by coming to my Share menu and choosing Add Destination. When I do this, I am going to choose add Compressor Settings. And as you see when I do this it doesn't actually open Compressor, but it gives me a list of all of the available Compressor Settings.

So, we have lots of options here. So if QuickTime Animation codec is something I'll use a lot, then I can go ahead and just search for this, so and I'll say OK, and now it's been added to my Share menu as one of the export settings. Now notice I don't have all of my Video and Audio dropdowns anymore, but it does allow me to just totally change the Compressor setting out completely if I want to. So if I want to go to something else, now that's what it is.

So it's kind of blanket adjustment. But the cool part is is that I can access it every single time right within Final Cut. So let's go back to Animation--and you can see that it even saved my custom ones, so maybe I want to choose that--and go ahead and close this. Now, I'll go Share and then my Animation AK, you can see that, everything pretty much looks the same. But when I go to the Settings tab, there is really nothing to change. It knows that it's sending it to compressor with a special set of settings.

I am going to say Next, and let's go ahead and just name this something else, "v2" and Save and away it goes. Let me go ahead and minimize Final Cut. Yeah, we have all of our movies. They are already exported, ready to go, from our batch export from Compressor. So, as you can see, if you need to access additional codecs not included in Final Cut, you have some real power in using Final Cut's sister program, Compressor. [00:7:54.00]

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Q: Why are the exercise files not compatible with my version of Final Cut Pro X?
A: The exercise files for this course require Final Cut Pro X 10.0.07 or higher. Final Cut Pro X upgrades are free in the Apple App Store and we recommend upgrading your software if you are able.

 

Q: The exercise files aren't working for me in Final Cut Pro X 10.1.
A: This lynda.com training and these exercise files are not compatible for FCP X v. 10.1 OR 10.0.7 and earlier versions of the program. If you are running FCP X v. 10.0.8 or 10.0.9, please do not upgrade your software to v. 10.1 if you would like to use these exercise files.
 
Note: We are currently in the process of updating this training to be compatible with v. 10.1 and later, but that training won’t be available for several weeks. We appreciate your patience as we optimize this training.
 
FYI: If you’ve already upgraded to v. 10.1 and would like to use these exercise files, then it is actually possible to work with them to a limited degree. Simply follow the directions in the “Using the Exercise Files” movie of this course to place the Final Cut Events and Final Cut Projects folders in the appropriate location. Then, from within FCP X 10.1, choose File > Update Projects and Events. Choose Locate > and navigate to the appropriate location.  Your projects and events will be updated, but the file structure won’t mirror the experience within the current training.  If you are new to FCP X, it will likely be confusing to follow along through some of the training.  Again, we recommend that you check back for this training in several weeks to get the optimal experience.
 
Also, because FCP X exercise files are not backward compatible, you won’t be able to use the exercise files if you have FCP X v. 10.0.7 or earlier. You will need to upgrade to v. 10.0.9. Apple only offers 10.1 in the App Store, but if you have not yet upgraded to OS X Mavericks, you can click the Install button for 10.1 and the App Store will ask if you want to download an older version of the software (10.0.9). If you have already upgraded to Mavericks, unfortunately downloading FCP X 10.0.9 is not possible.
 
 
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