Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video New export options, part of EDIUS 6.5 New Features Workshop.
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There are a couple of really great additions to the Export options with EDIUS 6.5. So let's take a quick look at those. Here I've got a very simple sequence and it's worth noting that under my Project Settings, I've got my Alpha Channel option enabled. So if I now go to File and choose Export > Print to File, let's take a look at our options here. So first of all, you'll notice that I've got the option to export clips with Alpha, which is great.
So if I've got Alpha Channel information in my sequence then that will be passed through into the file if I choose one of these options. But here notice under the QuickTime category on the left, I've now got a number of Canopus HQ and HQX options listed. Grass Valley have released the Canopus Codec as a free installer for both Mac OS and Windows, and this is a really big deal because it means you can use it as an intermediate codec, as an intermediate format for both platforms.
So in the same way that people have been seeing ProRes or DNxHD as a potential candidate for this kind of work, you can now use the Canopus HQ Codec and it's completely free for use. You can create Canopus HQ Codec material on either platform and you can embed Alpha in it if you want to. So you don't have to use the Canopus Codec for this of course, you could just use the general QuickTime Exporter. And if I now click Export just to show you here in the settings, I can specify any codec I want.
So if I go into Settings here, you see I've got all of the usual options for the QuickTime encoder. But if I just come back out of this, I'm just going to Cancel and Cancel, and I'm pressing F11 now to go back into this dialogue. Notice that also under H.264, we now have an F4v Exporter. Now F4V is the Flash video format, but using the H.264 codec instead of a Flash video codec, so this is a newer video format.
Now the traditional issue with using F4Vs over FLVs is that the older Flash players will all support FLV files, and only the newer version -- I think it's version 11 onward, something like that-- will support F4V, the H.264 variant. Now the F4V version is better quality for the same amount of data, so it's a good thing, but if you've got users working in an enterprise environment, a place where, for example, they're not allowed to update their Flash Player software, they simply might not be able to play F4V files, so it's just something to keep in mind, but it's an excellent video format.
Notice also under the MXF category here, if I just turn on my Conversion, although it's kind of tucked away in the name, this is the Canopus HQ codec wrapped in MXF, so if you're working with a media server that uses MXF media, there you go. This is HQX and this is HQ, so this is the 8-bit and the 10-bit variants. Notice also under the Uncompressed option here in the AVI category, I've got a lot of different Uncompressed video formats.
And this is again great if you're collaborating, because there's nothing quite like using a fully uncompressed file to avoid any possible codec issues or any decoding or interpretation issues. If it's uncompressed, it's like a bitmap graphic or a TARGA file, it's just, all of the information is there. And of course, the workflow for all of these different formats is exactly the same as you would expect with the existing settings. Choose the option you want, click on Export, and choose the individual settings for that file type.
There's also the option to Export into a 3D P2 file. Now to enable this, you need to go into your Project Settings and turn on the Stereoscopic Editing Support. Just like the Alpha Channel Support, if you don't have this on, you just won't have the Menu option. So there I've got it turned on, I'm going to click OK, I'm going to go to my Export settings, so File > Export > Print to File, and now if I look under P2, you'll see that I've got HD P2 3D Clip as an option.
Notice down here as well with this option I've got a Stereoscopics Processing choice, which at the moment is just set to the only option supported here for the P2 3D Clip, and if I choose Export, I'm just going to choose the location on my computer and click OK and the files will be made. Now there aren't that many situations where you are going to be able to use a 3D file that's generated in this way, so this is very much one of those cases where if you have particular need for it, the option is there in EDIUS. But here you can see, I can specify the destination, if I'm going to use two folders or two P2Cards, which codec I'm going to use, AVCIntra50 or 100, and I can even put in some metadata at the bottom here.
So the options are pretty straightforward if you need to output to that format. So there you are, there are some new Export options added to EDIUS 6.5.
- Introducing RED, AVCHD, and F4V support
- Working with the Filmstrip view
- Outputting files with embedded transparency
- Using the Layouter controls
- Working with alpha channels in nested sequences