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Exporting Time FCP and Compressor

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snowman999 Calculating status...
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Apr 14, 2013 1:10 AM

I have a PowerPc G5, Leopard and FCP 6.


My footage is Apple ProRes 422. This is the first time I'm using this HD footage. (my first movie and all the videos I've made in the past were miniDV)


When I exported through the Export Quick Time Movie the hour long edit took about 10 - 15 minutes. The info for the footage is -


1920 x 1080

HDV 1080p24 integar (Big Edian) Timecode


1:01:57 Time


The problem is it's 11.48 GB and DVD Studio Pro will not compress it so I can make a DVD. (my first miniDVD movie's export was 18gigs and iDVD compressed it to a single DVD) I nolonger have iDVD and I have to use DVD Studio Pro.


I put this movie into Compressor and tried compresssing it. When it finally starts compressing, it says it will take at least 47 hours. Which seem outragous for an hour long movie. The first two times it failed after 6 hours.


Then I went into FCP and tried exporting half the movie (30 minutes) with H264, Quality High, Size 680x382 (current). In 12 hours it was 25% with another 27 hours to go.


Is this normal?


How long should it take to export an hour of HighRes 422 clips?


Is there a setting that I can export fairly quick so I can watch this on my PC and burn a DVD so I can see what it looks like on my TV? It has to be very good, but not the best quality.


This is the first half of a movie that will eventually be close to 2 hours. I can't imagine how long the completed project is going to be.


Thank You!

Final Cut Pro 6, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,880 points)
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    Apr 14, 2013 1:43 PM (in response to snowman999)

    Rendered Pro Res sequences export pretty fast, as confirmed by  your first export.


    Although it's not the ideal workflow, DVDSP should have accepte the file; what was the error message?


    In  Compressor, did you use the DVD preset? Best Quality 90 minues? Should encode two files reasonably fast – maybe an hour or so. You don't want to make an h.264 file for DVD.


    Good luck.



  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,880 points)
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    Apr 14, 2013 5:20 PM (in response to snowman999)

    If what you're doing now produces acceptable results, great.


    But FWIW,  what many people regard as the most reliable workflow is: from FCP, export sequence (typically Pro Res) as Quick Time, current settings (not QuickTime Conversion). Bring the exported file into Compressor. Select the DVD preset folder (video and audio) that best fits your sequence length. Let Compressor do any re-sizing. Submit. Should be relatively painless in terms of encoding time.


    Take the two files that Compressor outputs and bring those files into DVD Studio Pro.



  • Studio X Level 7 Level 7 (26,835 points)
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    Apr 14, 2013 5:26 PM (in response to snowman999)

    Your presentation of the issues is incomprehsible.


    1. DO NOT use Quicktime conversion.


    2. What file format are you editing in your timeline - h.264 or ProRes?


    If H.264, start over. Convert to Pro Res before you import into FCP.


    If you are editing ProRes, export using "current settings" and "self contained"


    If you are doing that and are still having issues conpressing the ProRes file in Compressor, run Compressor Repair from Digital Rebellion to reset the system.



  • darbypsnm Level 3 Level 3 (720 points)
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    Apr 15, 2013 8:13 AM (in response to snowman999)

    The DVD format is based around Mpg-2 for video.
    Anything you add to DSP will be converted to this when the disk is built.


    If you add H264 or another flavor of QT to DSP it will use an antiquated internal compressor that hasn't been updated in almost 10 years. Using the latest version of Compressor will always be the better option.

  • madatia Calculating status...
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    Apr 26, 2013 12:01 AM (in response to Russ H)




    I made ‚Äč‚Äčthem a movie in the fcp and as Quick Time Movie Exported

      dv pal



    in fcp I have no problem



    in Compressor I have problem I have attached a picture with then you can see what my problem is I have a cluster, you can help me






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  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,880 points)
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    Apr 26, 2013 3:29 PM (in response to madatia)

    As a test, open Compressor and drag any Quick Time file in and apply one of the presets to it and see what you have available in Clusters when you hit submit. Then cancel. If submit worked properly, choose a different export workflow for your FCP sequence.


    Instead of choosing Send to Compressor, export your sequence as a Quick Time self-contained movie with current settings. Bring that movie file into Compressor's batch window and proceed with your encoding job.



  • madatia Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 26, 2013 10:06 PM (in response to Russ H)

    I have a Quick Time file and I load the compressor then I choose the settings of 90 mint and then I submit see pictures



    here is my email address



    You can also remotely by logging in on me and that you come into the computer itself and tries

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  • madatia Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 27, 2013 2:05 AM (in response to Russ H)

    I think that is the problem because off Qmaster see pictures

    how do I get on


    I can adjust or change anything



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  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,880 points)
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    Apr 27, 2013 6:03 AM (in response to madatia)

    In Compressor's menu bar, click on Reset Background Processing. Try several submit attempts. Sometimes it takes a while to kick in.


    If that isn't successful, close the app and open Systems Prefereces>Qmaster. If it's on, turn it off (and vice  versa) and close. Re-open and restore it to it's original state. Re-open Compressor and try again.


    If that doesn't work, download Compressor Repair from Digital Rebellion and run it (takes about a second); make sure that  theTrash Preferences box is checked.



    Good luck.



  • madatia Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 25, 2013 10:48 PM (in response to snowman999)

    hallo Russ


    it worked with compressor, compressor and Qmaster I have removed and re-installed to

    thanks for your info



    but I have another question if you have an answer

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