These days when you export a video, how you deliver a video may have you exporting it to multiple locations. These can include exporting a still, a master file, or a compressed file for viewing on the web or mobile device. Author Nick Harauz demonstrates how to set up a bundle with Apple Compressor presets so you can export a video to many places.
- In modern day workflows, you're not just exporting to one location anymore. You're probably exporting to several. Maybe you need to save out a still for your project, export out a master file, or even send something to YouTube. Rather than export out each file separately, Final Cut Pro X allows the ability to do it in a batch. All you have to do is create a Bundle. In this movie, we'll look at how to set up a Bundle to automate our exporting process from this point forward.
So I'm here in my 1.3 keyword collection and I've double clicked my project to open it into the Timeline. And we're gonna send this out for export, but one thing that I want to mention is that usually in my own exporting workflow, I'm not just exporting to one location, I'm exporting to two or three. And rather than have to go to the Share menu every single time, and individually choose each place that I want to share to such as the web or such as a master file, I set up something called the Bundle to really automate this process.
So this is how it's done. Let's go to the Share menu over here on the right hand side and choose to Add a Destination. What we're interested in from the list here on the right that we saw last time, is to first add a Bundle. And a Bundle is going to be a collection of destinations that we set up. So I'm gonna add a Bundle. Okay, and I'm gonna add three things into this Bundle folder from the Add Destination list. So let me click on that again. First thing that I'd like to export in this particular case is a poster frame of my movie, so I'm gonna say Save Current Frame.
That's wherever my playhead's gonna be over. Now, I can re-name this. I'll call this Poster Frame. And, I wanna set up here one of the following types of image files, in this case I'll just set up a JPEG image. Let's continue to add things to the bundle, so I'll Add a Destination. This time I'm gonna choose to Export a File. And rather than this setup here, this is just gonna be my Master File, so I'm gonna leave these settings as is. I'm gonna choose Master File.
Next, I'm gonna go Add Destination. I'm gonna add a Compressor Setting. So, let's go add that to the Bundle. Just dragging and dropping it. I'm gonna go to my video sharing services. I'm gonna choose this time a Large 540p movie. Use this a lot in cases of 1920x1080 movies that I just bring down half in size. I'll leave this as its default settings. If you have Compressor installed, which we'll see in later movies, we can actually modify this Compressor setting. So with these three settings Bundle, I'm just gonna re-name the Bundle as well so it's easier.
I'm just gonna type in Nick's Bundle. And now this is set up so that I don't have to come back to the destinations every single time, it's gonna export each of these files. So this is all set up for me, and my exporting process is gonna be much more automated. So let's go through this, I'm gonna close out this window. Let me just move my playhead across the screen, and I'm gonna try to find a frame that I think is great. So I really like this frame. Here, the 27 second and 17 frame mark, so that's gonna be my poster frame for the movie.
And I just simply with my playhead at that position, my project selected, I'll go back to the Share menu, and I wanna choose that Nick's Bundle I just set up. So I'll click on it, and I'm pretty much ready for export. So I'll just call this one in this case AERIAL BUNDLE so we know what we're exporting here. And just to let you know, the first thing that I see here is the poster frame. That was the poster frame I decided by moving my playhead in the Timeline. It's the first thing that's gonna be exported. If I click on this arrow on the bottom left hand corner, here's the Master File.
Right, so that's the Master File that I'm exporting. Here's the estimate in terms of its size. So gonna click on this button again. You can see here, there's my large 540p, so those are the three movies that I'm setting out. You can add some additional metadata information, but after looking at this, I think this is pretty much ready to go, so I'm gonna click on Next. I set up my EXPORTS folder on my desktop in an earlier movie. I'm gonna hit Save. And that process starts in the background. Now, if I click on this button, I'm able to see the sharing taking place.
Right, so first of all it's already finished my still, it's now transcoding my Master File, followed by the 540. Just something to know if I move my playhead, and there's one of those movies that already was created that popped up. If I move my playhead around, notice how the Background Tasks actually stops, so it works as a background, but as soon as you start to interact with your Timeline, or do certain tasks in Final Cut, it's gonna stop temporarily, that Background Task. So just notice that it will start again after about five seconds of inactivity.
Process continues, there you have it. The movie's done. Let me just go to my Finder, and under the Exports folder, show you those three things that we created. So we've got the JPEG, great. We've got my Master File, you can see it there from the AERIAL BUNDLE. Followed by the sharing 540p movie, and you can see these sizes here listed at the side. Final Cut Pro X is pretty accurate. But just how awesome is that Bundle just simply setting it up, and then having all three or maybe even four or up to 10 different file formats ready for you to go.
- 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