Using Final Cut Pro with Compressor

Compressor is a high quality encoding software used to integrate Final Cut Pro to DVD. This means there is no need to create intermediate files to be encoded using another application. This also means that you can save time because no export is required, and you will also save hard disk space because no intermediate file needs to be stored. Because digital video projects can be large after you have finished editing them, it is possible they will not upload onto a DVD. In order for them to be translated into multiple formats, they will need to be compressed. This is where Apple's Compressor comes into play. It is included in the Final Cut Pro suite and makes video projects much easier to complete.

Tools and Materials Needed

  • Final Cut Pro
  • Compressor

Step 1: Export Files from Editing Program

Using Compressor, export the files from the editing program (Final Cut Pro). To perform the export, go to File and choose Export Using Compressor. This will open Compressor with the editor you have been working with on its taskbar. The Compressor rests in the upper left-hand window, and you must drag the settings you desire to the Compressor. Start a monitor so that you can watch the rate of compression and also view the compressed video as it is being processed. The preview monitor is on the right of the Compressor so you can watch the compressed video. You can keep track of the compression history by watching the display in the lower right corner. The settings you will need are located in the lower left corner of the screen.

Step 2: Set a Destination for the Export File

After your project menu is in the upper left-hand corner, go to the Settings menu. Choose one of the DVD file types for DVD authoring and web publishing. You will then need to click on the DVD folder and select one of the sub-options listed there. Drag that option (the entire folder) to the project window at the upper left-hand corner of the screen. You have now set both a video and audio track for compression. Next, you must set a destination for your exported file. Find Target in the task bar and select Destination. Find a location for your project on any internal or attached hard drive. Now all that is left is to click the Submit button in the corner of the project window to start the compression.

Step 3: Compressing an Existing Movie File

If you wish to compress an existing movie file, open Compressor without using another program to initiate its launch. When Compressor is open, select Add File in the upper left-hand corner of the project window. You will then be able to browse available storage space and select a file. After selecting a file, follow the same process above where you selected settings and a destination before beginning your compression. You have now mastered exporting your video to DVD using the Compressor encoding software. Enjoy you new DVD!

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