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Sides of video are cropped when exported from FCP7

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Nov 14, 2012 3:59 PM

Quick 5-second that has a large JPEG ( 4000x2225) graphic. When the video is exported the sides are cropped by about an inch on each side. In the preview window the image appears fine and the crop only shows up after export.


Is this an issue with the size of the picture?

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • David Harbsmeier Level 7 Level 7 (29,570 points)

    What are your export settings and what are your Sequence settings?



  • Nick Holmes Level 7 Level 7 (29,805 points)


    Frame Size - 1920 x 1080,


    Export Settings:

    DV NTSC 48 kHz Anamorphic


    And thats the problem. DV Anamorphic is 720x480 (DV pixels are not square) which displays as 854x480 on a computer screen. 1920x1080 isn't evenly divisible into 854x480.


    DV is also a very low end codec. Why are you exporting to that?

    Check the Current Settings button on export instead of changing the codec, that way you have a 1:1 copy of what was on your Timeline.

  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,805 points)

    First, try rendering it before exporting the sequence.  In the sequence menu, make sure all options are clicked in the approriate render options


    Try nesting the shot before export.  Select the clip in the timeline and hit option-c.  If it looks right, double-click on the "nest" and render it and then step out of the clip and render the nest. 

  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,805 points)

    Not sure what's going on, but why not resize the graphic in photoshop to your target size?


    If you want to try and isolate what's causing the problem, create a new sequence with the same settings.  Edit the graphic into the new sequence and do an export.  Do you see the same problem?  If not, your original sequence is probably corrupt.   To fix this, create a new sequence with the same settings, make the old sequence active, select all, copy and paste into the new sequence. 


    If this didn't solve the problem, if you want copy this graphic only sequence into a new project and send me the fcp project and the graphic, I'll see if I can figure out what's going on.  Be sure and "zip" or compress the fcp project file before attaching to an email.


    My email is

  • Meg The Dog Level 6 Level 6 (9,385 points)

    Have you tried viewing the QuickTime with QuickTime Pro, instead of QuickTime X?

    You should be able to find QuickTime Pro in the folder Utilities > QuickTime Player

    I am always suspicious of QuickTime X.

    I made a movie with a slight red edge in FCP 7:

    Final Cut ProScreenSnapz001.png

    Here it is, with edge displayed, in QuickTime Pro:


    and here is the same movie, missing edge, in QuickTime X:


    QuickTime PlayerScreenSnapz001.png

    This may have something to do with the Conform aperture settings available in QuickTime Pro that are not available in QuickTime X:


    QuickTime Player 7ScreenSnapz001.png


  • Meg The Dog Level 6 Level 6 (9,385 points)

    I do not know how YouTube encodes. I use Vimeo, and have not had a problem.

    Here is how my test movie appears on Vimeo, both in SD and HD:






    But in any case, being old (very old) school, I keep all my content within the TV safe / Action safe SMPTE boundaries - regardless of final playback destination (web/broadcast/projection) - as there are so many variables in the workflow between edit bay and delivery.




  • Filmnj Calculating status...

    Im having a similar problem to this, i didnt want to make a new topic. 

    So ok im filming Sd mini dv video, When i export current settings which would be dv/ dvc pro - ntsc   evertime i use that in the compressor it always chops the sides off a tad bit of video.  If i use h.264 in compressor then the sides arent chopped off at all. 

    I dont know why this is happenign but its only on dv/dvc pro - ntsc setting


    I need to burn this project on a dvd best quality i can so dv/dvc pro - ntsc setting would be best quality but the sides are being chopped off.  If anyone can help me it be much appreciated thanks

  • David Harbsmeier Level 7 Level 7 (29,570 points)
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    Mar 4, 2014 2:21 AM (in response to Filmnj)

    >>im filming Sd mini dv video, When i export current settings which would be dv/ dvc pro - ntsc   evertime i use that in the compressor it always chops the sides off a tad<<


    From your description, I'm not clear on how you're exporting.  From FCP  you should be exporting a "QuickTime Movie" which would create a self-contained or reference movie that would then be used in Compressor.  Do NOT use "QuickTime Conversion."  Or you can "Send to Compressor" directly from FCP.


    Once in Compressor you'd use one of the NTSC DVD presets  for use in a DVD authoring application.  There would be no reason to re-encode to DV/DVCPpro NTSC as your description suggests ... that's what you should be starting with in FCP.



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