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- Importing audio and video files
- Creating and using sync points
- Using snap editing commands
- Customizing crossfades
- Editing to acquire multiple sync points within the same cue
- Creating a 30-second condensed edit
- Exploring alternate edits and alternate songs
- Mixing and bouncing down the edit
- Compressing QuickTime movies
- Conforming an edit if the length of a shot changes or if a scene has shifted
Skill Level Intermediate
If you do want to send your QuickTime file over the Internet, you're probably going to want to compress the file to make it a smaller file size. So there are several ways we can do this, one of which is from Pro Tools itself. So if you want to bounce out a QuickTime file that's already compressed from Pro Tools you can hold a quick key Ctrl+Option+Command or Ctrl+Alt+Start. While holding it, click on the File menu, select Bounce to > QuickTime Movie, and a little pop-up window appears that allows you to edit the options.
So you can experiment with the settings on your own, but typically H.264 is a good small file size, but a decent-looking setting. So we can use that for the video. If you want to make the file size even smaller, you can edit the size and perhaps choose a smaller file size. 320x240 is a small size, and it will allow you have a very small file size, but it's also hard to see because it's such a small QuickTime window. The last thing you can do if you want to make the file even smaller is you can change your Sound Settings. And instead of using uncompressed audio, you can use any of the compressed audio options, perhaps MPEG-4 Audio, and that will shrink the file size even further.
So get these set however you want. I am going to leave them at default for now. Once you get everything set and you're ready to bounce, you can click the Bounce button and Pro Tools will again bounce your QuickTime movie in real time. But this time when it's done, it's going to compress the QuickTime before it saves the file. We're not going to actually bounce the movie right now. We're going to instead look at a couple of other options for compressing. So go ahead and click Cancel, and then I want you to find the file that you bounced out in the previous video. Once you find it, open it up. If you're in QuickTime 7, at least QuickTime Player Pro, you have a bunch of Export options.
So under the File menu, you can choose Export, or you can choose the option with a key command. And again you have a variety of settings to choose to export your video. Typically, I'll use Movie to QuickTime Movie, but you could go directly to MPEG-4 to iPhone or any of their presets. If you do go directly to a QuickTime movie, you have options, and again you can change the Settings just like we were looking at in Pro Tools. Once you're happy with your compression settings, just name the file and save it where you want to save it, and now you've got a compressed QuickTime file that you can send.
If you don't have QuickTime Player 7 but instead have the newer QuickTime 10, you can open it with QuickTime 10 and under the File menu you can Save for Web. Under the Save for Web option, you have a bunch of options. You can choose iPhone, iPhone (Cellular), or Computer, which are all various levels of compression. Now note you do have less control over what type of compression settings you choose here, but you will still get a smaller file size that will allow you to send it more quickly over the Internet. A third way that you can compress your QuickTime files is using a batch compressor, perhaps Apple's Compressor or one of the many other options available, and another really great advantage of these is that you can do a batch all at once.
So if, for example, you have bounced out twenty QuickTime files and you want to compress them all at once, you can do it in one click of a button rather than compressing each one individually.