Want to encode a video project for broadcast use? How do you export a project from Apple Final Cut Pro X so that it can be used for broadcast? There are templates in Apple Compressor to help with both of those. Author Nick Harauz will help you become more familiar with the Compressor settings for broadcast and improved video quality.
- In this movie let's become more familiar with the compressor settings for broadcast, and how to use them for delivery. We'll also look at a few features we can tweak to affect the quality of our video. So I'm in my 2.3 keyword collection. I'm gonna double click to open the project. Here is a interview, here on my timeline, and I want to send this out, and I wanna actually send it out for broadcast. So what I'm gonna do is go to the File menu, and we're gonna send this over to Compressor like we've done in previous movies.
Compressor launches, we can see our project here, and it's waiting for us to add outputs. Now, for broadcast, we wanna look in two specific categories depending on what your workflow is. One area, although it's not labelled broadcast, is to look under the MPEG file settings. So if you hit the disclosure triangle, I'm just gonna increase this window, you've got a couple templates designed for you to send out your projects to broadcast. So you've got both MPEG-2 Program stream, set for 422, as well as an MPEG-2 Transport stream.
We can simply take this setting as is, and we can apply it to the clip. Notice that it's gonna go into the source location of wherever your project is. If I control or right clicked my, right click the folder here, I can change that location as we've done in previous movies. Another option that you have for broadcast was added a couple years ago in Compressor, and that's actually under my CUSTOM settings. You see that there's a setup here for MXF. So Compressor allows you to send out MXF files. You've got a ton of presets here.
So you've got some for MXF 23.98, 24, 25 frames per second. So all depending on your project. Knowing this is a 29.97 frames per second project, and that it was shot at 1080, I can choose from one of these various flavors. Let me go here to the AVC_Intra codex. I think the 50 is gonna serve me well. I'm gonna apply that to the clip, and there's yet another option. All of those MXF flavors that you can do and deliver for broadcast.
So with these two settings, you can take them and leave them as is. If there are specifications that you need to switch, don't forget that you can go here to your video tab, and switch that Compressor template. And by dragging it over into the CUSTOM category after you've made some changes or additions, you'll have that available for you inside of Compressor, as well as available for you in Final Cut Pro X under those compressor settings when you add a destination.
- Understanding the Compressor interface
- Using and modifying Compressor templates
- Setting up Compressor presets
- Transcoding and encoding with Compressor and Final Cut Pro
- Adding compression markers
- Adding watermarks and timecodes
- Learning how to use droplets