12 Replies Latest reply: Jul 18, 2012 7:35 PM by peterfromcamberwell
goddessnadiya Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi There

 

What do you think are the best settings for the fastest export of a media file using FCPX?

 

Excluding mobile or 3pg, would creating a lower quality media file = faster export times?

 

These files are for video sharing sites.

 

Thank you in advance! *N.


iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • 1. Re: FCPX settings for fastest export?
    Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (106,175 points)

    would creating a lower quality media file = faster export times?

     

    Not necessarily. Lower data rate means more compression, and that can be a lot more processing. Higher data rates and larger files often process faster.

  • 2. Re: FCPX settings for fastest export?
    peterfromcamberwell Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello Tom,

     

    I got to this discussion because you were talking about issues that I am struggling with at the moment.

     

    (1) I have a Sony AVCH HDR/PJ10,  a mid-range camera, which imports at 50i. Looking at other discussions I am confused: does 50i not mean 50 fps?

     

    (2) Next question: I can see that you can customise the FCPX project settings to 50p, but that is at the project stage. What about importing of raw footage? What is that rate, and how can I customise it to 50i if needed?

    I can't get any sense from the Apple Help.

     

    (3) The reason I am using FCPX is because I understand the coder is better than imovie, and I want a sharper result than I get from imovie. Am I correct in this?

     

    (4) Speaking of sharper images, I see the FCPX Project custom settings can be customised from default 720p to 1080p or 1080i: would that take longer to export?  More importantly would the higher settings take longer to load if you were looking at a YouTube video? I also don't know the difference between p and i suffixes.

     

    Quite a bit to answer here, but I can't find these sorts of important details in FCPX Help, and half the time the system is unavailable to me, at least in Australia.

     

    Cheers, Peter

  • 3. Re: FCPX settings for fastest export?
    Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (106,175 points)

    1. No, 50i means 25fps. 50p means 50fps.

     

    2. The frame rate is fixed at the time of the recording in the camera.

     

    3. Yes.

     

    4. The project should be whatever format was shot.

  • 4. Re: FCPX settings for fastest export?
    peterfromcamberwell Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Tom, for the lightning-fast reply,

     

    succinct and helpful!

     

    I like your laconic comment that "the project should be whatever format was shot".

     

    I notice my camera Setup says my camera films at: 1080i / 576i.

    So even though the  FCPX project default is 720, I changed it to the 1080i setting, I think that is the right thing to do, based on your comments?  - I'm still a little tentative at this stage. Perhaps you could confirm if this is correct

     

    - but then - with the change to 1080i the fp changed automatically to 25i. The settings did not offer a 25fps or a 50i option. I seem to be losing frame rate with no choice in the matter.

     

    I'd like to have as many frames per second as possible.

     

    But because I am new to this, I could quite possibly have the bull by the tail...

    Any further advice would be helpful.

     

    Peter Cole

  • 5. Re: FCPX settings for fastest export?
    Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (106,175 points)

    It looks like your camera only shoots at 25fps. 25i in FCP means the media is 25fps interlaced. Again it looks as if the camera only shoots interlaced.

  • 6. Re: FCPX settings for fastest export?
    peterfromcamberwell Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Tom,  your comments lead me to decide to "go with the flow".

     

    I will try to conform with the FCPX presets and whatever constraints my equipment dictates.

     

    With that in mind, I wonder if you could confirm my previous question, after that I think I will be OK :

     

    I notice my camera Setup says my camera films at: 1080i / 576i.

    So even though the  FCPX project default is 720, I changed it to the 1080i setting, I think that is the right thing to do, based on your comments?  - I'm still a little tentative at this stage. Perhaps you could confirm if this is correct.

     

    Cheers, Peter.

  • 7. Re: FCPX settings for fastest export?
    Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (106,175 points)

    So even though the  FCPX project default is 720

     

    The project default is to set the project based on the first clip added to the project.

  • 8. Re: FCPX settings for fastest export?
    peterfromcamberwell Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm not clear on your reply

     

    Are you saying I shouldn't change the project default setting at all? That whatever appears on the project default screen is the one I should use, even if it doesn't correspond with what the camera says is it is filming at?

     

    If that is the case, why does the programme offer a custom option that doesn't work?

  • 9. Re: FCPX settings for fastest export?
    Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (106,175 points)

    Make a new project. The default setting is "set project properties based on the first clip put in the timeline." If the properties of your clip are 1080i, and you put it in the timeline, the project properties will be 1080i.

  • 10. Re: FCPX settings for fastest export?
    peterfromcamberwell Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Tom, that makes more sense to me.

     

    I have been trying for the last 5 hours to get a test video up to YouTube via FCPX

     

    But it gets to the same processing point and times-out.

     

    Screenshot attached, if I'm lucky..!

    Screen shot 2012-07-18 at 12.03.39 PM.png

     

    I tested the clip with imovie (hate the poor quality) and it processed fine.

     

    Do you think Apple would be so silly as to prohibit publishing to YouTube with their trial copy of the software? Could that be the problem do you think?

     

    I'm not touching any of the presets, I deleted all uploads and test videos and uploaded again from the camera. The preset project properties showed 1080i this time rather than the 720. I tried to upload with both settings, but neither worked.

     

    I can't think what else to do.

     

    Regards from Peter.

  • 11. Re: FCPX settings for fastest export?
    Luis Sequeira1 Level 5 Level 5 (5,580 points)

    It should work, but as a workaround, export to Quicktime and upload the resulting movie.

  • 12. Re: FCPX settings for fastest export?
    peterfromcamberwell Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Luis,

     

    I will keep that option in mind

     

    Peter.