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Lesson 16. Finishing and Outputting > Exporting a QuickTime Movie

Exporting a QuickTime Movie

The most basic way to export from Final Cut Pro is to use the QuickTime Movie option. This option is set up to output a clip, sequence, or marked portion of a sequence using current or preset sequence settings. By using the current settings, you create a QuickTime file at the same settings and quality as your clips and sequences; no extra media compression is necessary. This allows Final Cut Pro to export your clips quickly with virtually no quality loss. Use this option when you want a full-quality version of your sequence to archive or to import into other applications or, for example, when you want to burn a DVD in iDVD.

In the Racing Promo sequence, set an In point at the beginning of the sequence and an Out point right before the second group of interview narration clips start at 1:00:15;11.

This marks approximately 15 seconds of the sequence, starting from the beginning.

Choose File > Export > QuickTime Movie.

A Save window opens with the name of this sequence automatically entered in the Save As field.

Add DV to the end of the filename, navigate to the Media folder, and select the Exports folder as the destination for the new media file.


Adding DV or another descriptive name to your files when exporting will help you remember what settings were used for that file. This will give you a way of comparing how the quality of your clips changes when you use different compression settings.

Make sure Current Settings is selected in the Setting pop-up menu. The Include pop-up menu should be set to Audio and Video, and the Markers pop-up menu should be set to None.


The Markers pop-up is where you can select markers that may have been created for a DVD or Soundtrack Pro audio project.

Leave the Recompress All Frames box unchecked.

When enabled, this option will recompress all frames in the selected export item. This can introduce additional compression artifacts to the file and increase the export time. If Final Cut Pro ever has trouble processingcertain frames in your clips, exporting with this option enabled may be a good troubleshooting technique.

Make sure the Make Movie Self-Contained box is checked.

There are two types of QuickTime movies: One is self-contained, and the other is not. A self-contained QuickTime movie can play on your computer or anyone else's because it contains all of the media elements (not just the clip links) from your hard drive that are in the clip or sequence. However, you can also export a QuickTime movie without making it self-contained. This enables you to create and play the movie on your computer but not on anyone else's unless it, too, has all of the media files on its hard drive. A self-contained movie is a larger file size because the media files are contained within the movie.

Click Save.

A window appears with a progress bar as the clip is being exported. Sometimes, especially with audio files, the exporting is so quick that no window appears.

To view this clip in a QuickTime Player, press Cmd-H to hide Final Cut Pro. In the Finder, navigate to the FCP5 Book Files > Media > Exports folder, and double-click the Racing Promo DV clip.

Because you created this clip with Final Cut Pro settings, it opens within the application.

Close the Racing Promo DV clip window by clicking the Close button in the upper-left corner.


Once you've exported a sequence, you can import it into a project, and then view and edit it as you would any other clip.



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