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So all of the work you have done in creating your beautiful sequence is really no good unless you can get it out of Media Composer. So in this movie we'll talk about several of the most popular ways to output your sequence both to tape and by file. Until relatively recently most finished programs created in a nonlinear editing system were printed to tape. Tapes are still a very common method of delivery for broadcast but are less common for general distribution. Tapes come in all manner of quality, size and format. And if you need to lay off the tape you should ask what type of tape deliverable is required for your purpose.
Here are some of the most popular tape formats. HD Cam, Digi-Beta, Beta-Cam SP, DV Cam, MiniDV. Probably the most common method of general distribution is DVD for standard definition material or Blu-ray for high-definition material. To send a program to DVD or Blu-ray you first need to export a file for Media Composer, usually a QuickTime or a QuickTime reference. Then you need to import this file into a DVD authoring application like DVD Studio Pro, Toast or Sonic.
Since the advent of YouTube, Vimeo and other video hosting sites, the fastest-growing version of show distribution these days is via the web. The method of preparing content for the Web for Media Composer is virtually identical to that of preparing content for DVD or Blu-ray. Although because of bandwidth reasons the resolution for web-ready video is usually less than the resolution for DVD or Blu-ray video. One last available method of export is to create an edit decision list or EDL, which is for editors who are planning to give the sequence to someone who will make an actual film print to be projected in movie theaters.
So instead of exporting a file or tape you export a list of edits, which is basically a set of instructions for a negative cutter to re-cut the sequence exactly how you did, except that he or she is actually cutting physical film rather than manipulating digital files. It's good that you know this option exists but we won't be going into it any further. As you can see there are quite a few ways to get your sequence out of Media Composer and into the hands of whoever wants to view it. We'll discuss several of these methods beginning with printing to tape.
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