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Chapter 13. Working with Advanced Compos... > Working with Exported QuickTime Movi...

Working with Exported QuickTime Movies

QuickTime Movies (called Final Cut Pro Movies in earlier versions of FCP) come in two types. The first is a reference file, similar in concept to a sequence. It references the original media files and can be used to create a DVD in iDVD or DVD Studio Pro. It also can be used as a movie to be imported into Compressor or other compression software, such as Cleaner 6 or Sorenson Squeeze, for preparation for the Internet.

QuickTime Movie Exports Versus QuickTime Conversion Exports

You can convert or export your programs in many different file formats directly from Final Cut Pro. Depending on the format you want to use, you choose the file or set of files and then select either File, Export, QuickTime Movie or File, Export, Using QuickTime Conversion.

The main difference between QuickTime Movie exports and QuickTime Conversion exports is that QuickTime Movie exports are used primarily to make higher-quality movies, self-contained or not, that maintain their original quality. You would use this Export command for broadcast-quality movies, exchanging files with another workstation, and preparing files for other compression programs, such as DVD creation, because you can also include markers you've added in your sequence. Use QuickTime Movie exports to maintain the original quality of your original media.

QuickTime Movie exports prepare your program for other compression programs, such as Compressor, Sorenson Squeeze, and Cleaner. You would use QuickTime Movie exports to send a non-self-contained movie to Compressor (supplied with FCP 4) for an MPEG-2 compression to be used in DVD Studio Pro 2 that includes chapter and compression markers. You cannot do this with QuickTime Conversion. However, you can prepare video for the web, CDs, and other multimedia uses.

Using QuickTime Conversion lets you export many more file formats than using QuickTime Movie exports. You also can use a myriad of codecs, compressions, frame sizes, still images, numbered sequences, audio formats, and more. Keep in mind that QuickTime Conversion always recompresses your movies, whereas QuickTime Movie exports might not, unless you check Recompress All Frames.

See Appendix B, “Output Options: Videotape, DVDs, and the Web,” for further discussion of exporting files from Final Cut Pro to use with another compression program and creating files for use with Compressor.



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