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exporting HD-video in final cut pro 6

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cessan Calculating status...
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May 12, 2013 9:13 AM

I have filmed a wedding with my HD-video camera, and edited it with final cut pro 6. Now I'm ready to make a DVD but when I exported it using quicktime movie with current settings, and I have it checked Make Movie Self-contained, it came out horrible looking. It's very pixelated every time I move the camera. Backgrounds are moving.

Can anybody figure out what I've done wrong?

G4, Mac OS X (10.5.6), laptop
  • Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8 (41,650 points)
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    May 12, 2013 9:31 AM (in response to cessan)

    What are your sequence settings? 

  • Studio X Level 7 Level 7 (26,835 points)
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    May 12, 2013 3:05 PM (in response to Shane Ross)

    And what is the format of the original material?

     

    If h.264, it should be converted to ProRes BEFORE you bring it into FCP.

     

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  • Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8 (41,650 points)
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    May 12, 2013 8:16 PM (in response to cessan)

    Look in the Browser under the COMPRESSOR column.

     

    Apple Intermediate is a very lossy codec.  Only iMovie and Final Cut Espress use it.  FCP can..but PRoRes is preferred.

  • Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8 (41,650 points)
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    May 12, 2013 8:29 PM (in response to cessan)

    The Browser is the main window that contains all your sequences, media, stills, music.  The main window.  When you launch FCP...4 windows open: Browser, Timeline, Viewer, Canvas.  Look at the top of the windows...you will see BROWSER.

     

    Now...there are columns to the right of the clip names...each of these columns contain a certain type of data.  Clip Name...Media Start, Media End, Reel number...and so on and so forth.  Scroll to the right until you see one called COMPRESSOR.  Look in that column...when you see a clip on the left...what does it say for COMPRESSOR?

  • Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8 (41,650 points)
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    May 12, 2013 8:41 PM (in response to cessan)

    OK...all settings match.  Well, the thing is, you chose a low quality codec to convert your footage to.  Apple Intermediate, as I said, is very lossy.  ProRes preserves much better quality.

     

    How did you convert this footage?

  • Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8 (41,650 points)
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    May 12, 2013 9:00 PM (in response to cessan)

    If this is HDV tape...you should capture using the HDV Easy Setup.  Apple Intermediate came out when FCP 5 didn't support HDV native.  FCP 6 changed that, and HDV was supported.  You should be capturing as HDV... Although there is an option for capturing HDV as ProRes.  up to you...I think it's better to capture HDV as HDV (you gain no quality capturing HDV as ProRes...but you definately lose quality capturing it as AIC)..and then use ProRes sequence settings. 

  • Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8 (41,650 points)
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    May 12, 2013 9:18 PM (in response to cessan)

    Just choose the HDV 1080i60 Easy Setup from the Easy Setup menu. 

     

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