Join Jason Osder for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the Final Cut and Compressor export options, part of Final Cut Studio: Round-Tripping.
There are lots of ways to get your final program out of Final Cut Pro. So how do you choose which one to use and in what cases would you use Compressor, which is the most robust, most professional program. Well that's what we are going to look at in this movie. First, the thing to remember is that you get two main things with Compressor. You get maximum control and you get automation. So if you need those things, real control over your output or automation to do batches and large volumes of compression, those are the things that Compressor is truly, truly strong at.
So why would you choose to use other methods like Export with QuickTime Conversion and the Share menu, that are both available inside Final Cut Pro. Well you'd use those things if one, you are in a hurry and you just need to get something out quickly. Maybe quality and control are not such a factor. You are just sending a quick output for a look-see. Or maybe this is just where you are comfortable and you are not really ready to learn a new tool dedicated to compression. So you want to use one of the straightforward ones in Final Cut Pro.
Those would all be good reasons to stay away from Compressor and use the internal Export tools. So that's an overview of why you might decide to use Compressor or decide to stay within the Final Cut Pro choices. As we go through the different workflows in this chapter, you will get more information to help you make that decision.
- Using audio from Final Cut Pro in Motion or Soundtrack Pro
- Enhancing motion effects made in Final Cut Pro in Motion
- Working with a multitrack project
- Matching EQ levels with Soundtrack Pro
- Refining Final Cut Pro 3-way corrections in Color
- Preparing the timeline for Color
- Reconforming projects
- Sending a sequence to Compressor for output
- Transcoding for DSLR and other workflows
- Automating compression
- Using the Final Cut Pro to Compressor to DVD Studio Pro workflow
- Making a still menu