Follow these steps to export a high quality, high quality QuickTime movie from Final Cut Pro X.
If you want to create a high-resolution QuickTime master file of your film or video project, FCPX is optimized for that. With a variety of high-resolution export options, it can of course be daunting – if not confusing – to determine which export settings produce the best results.
We are here to help you. Here's the quick and easy way to export a high-resolution QuickTime movie from FCPX.
1. Select the project you want to export
You have worked tirelessly to finish your editing and now it is time to export. First open your project library view with the shortcut COMMAND + 0. Then select the project you want to export.
2. Open the export window
Here are some options. Here are three of the easiest ways to start your export.
The first option – use the shortcut COMMAND + E. to open the export window. The second option – choose File> Share> Master File (default) in the menu bar.
The third approach – my personal favorite, see below – is simple Click on the export icon Select your export method in the top right of the program. For all of the options we have just considered, we choose Master file.
3. Choose Export Settings
In the dialog box you can select the export with your Current settings or Choose a different codec. Since our project and film material was recorded in ProRes 422, we remain in this codec.
If you wish, you can export up to ProRes 4444 XQ, but the file size is large. If file size matters, high-resolution H.264 QuickTime is a solid, built-in option.
Next, choose what FCPX should do with the file after it is exported. Although we are not there compressor Today you can save the file in a Compressor batch Here it can be encoded in a much wider range of formats and codecs (you must have bought and installed Compressor for this to work).
If you're just looking for a high-resolution QuickTime video, the options built into FCPX are perfect.
4. Select File Destination
Click to select your file destination Next one and choose where to save the file – desktop, external drive, etc. Find your destination and click Save up, and let the export begin!
Once the export is complete, a popup will appear. click show to display your export. You can get started!
A note about the compressor
FCPX has really expanded its capabilities with encoding options within the native program. Most solutions for your exporting codec requirements are directly integrated.
However, if your export requirements are somewhat more complex (batch exports, HDR, etc.), it may be worth investing in a copy of compressor to open up those skills. With Compressor you have more options to really optimize your export and the codecs used.
Tips for editing in FCPX
Now that you have the basics of exporting your video, learn even more editing tricks in this tutorial from Shutterstock Tutorials. Regardless of whether it is color corrections, organizing the timeline or just basic functions, it is always a smart move to learn more about the software you are using.
Export from Premiere or Resolve
Keep in mind that you can export high quality files from most NLEs. If you're working in Premiere or Resolve, be sure to read our other articles – and videos like the ones above – for tips on exporting a high-resolution file with these programs.
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