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FCP6/compressor: problem exporting (frame size), please help

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Feb 13, 2013 9:40 AM

Hi guys,


I have to immediately say that I don't know a lot of video, I just need to edit something (video registrations of performances) once in a while to put on the internet. Usually I succeed, but now I have a problem I'm unable to solve:


The material in my FCP-project is anamorphic (16:9)

Sequence settings:

Frame size: 720 x 576 CCIR 601 / DV PAL (5:4)

Pixel aspect ratio: PAL - CCIR 601 (720 x 576) (Anamorphic checkbox is checked)


Material looks fine in FCP.


Now I've finished editing, and I need to export. First I've tried Using Quicktime Compression, which worked fine, but (even with 'de-interlace' checked) it kept giving loads of movement blur. So I switched to Compressor, to use the De-interlace filter. Which works fine, but I seem to be unable to export simply in the frame size in which my source material is. Compressor insists in giving me 4:5 results. When I set settings (under geometery) to 16:9 manually, it takes forever to render (and I mean forever. 4 hours over 1 minute of material) The only way I've gotten Compressor to export something wide screen, is by setting the source inset to Letterboxing area of source. This also takes forever and looks extremely ugly. It seems to me Compressor thinks the source material is 5:4 (it also shows it like that on the preview screen. What do I do about this?


To be complete, the settings I thought would be OK:


codec: H264


Filter: De-interlace - blur




Input cropping: Crop to 16:9 1.78:1


Frame size: 720 X 567

Pixel aspect ratio: PAL - CCIR 601 (16:9)


This encodes at good speed, but gives a 5:4 outcome.

What am I doing wrong?




Final Cut Pro 6, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Studio X Level 7 Level 7 (26,835 points)

    Export your FCP sequence using "current settings" and "make self contained"


    Open up Compressor and select from the presets H.264 for 300Kbps.


    Duplicate the preset so you can edit the settings.


    In the duplicate preset -


    Enable Frame Controls - 

    Resize: Better

    Output fields: Progressive

    Deinterlace: Better

    Adaptive Details: selected


    Rate Conversion: Fast (your are not chaning the frame rate)

    Duration: 100% of source


    In the Geometry Tab

    set frame size to: 854x480

    pixel aspect; 1.0


    Audio pass through.


    then add the exported file from FCP and apply the new preset.

    You can change the Resize and Deinterlace to "Better" but usually with a much longer render time.


    have fun.



  • Studio X Level 7 Level 7 (26,835 points)

    Glad to hear you worked it out.


    I never use QuickTime conversion.  Too many problems seem to come from it.


    One of the great things about the "export as current settings and convert in Compressor" work flow is once you have your preset the way you like, it becomes a very smooth process.


    I've created presets for most of the output options I need so once I've generated the master export, I can add several presets to it in Compressor and create multiple versions in a batch format. Very slick.


    What makes it even better is if you have a multi-core Mac, you can set up Qmaster to maximize all the rendering capacity of the machine.






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