8 Replies Latest reply: Feb 9, 2013 6:12 AM by Michael Grenadier
phillyt2k Level 1 (0 points)

So I have this 1280x720 MP4 clip that is 4 minutes or so long. I only need 2:30 of it, so have chopped up what I need. Now I want to keep the format and settings and everything exactly the same when I export. Is there a sort of "export as is" option so eerything remains eactly the same bar the length?


Thanks to anyone who can help.

  • David Mclaine Level 4 (1,855 points)

    Export as Quicktime Movie using "current settings" and self contained will give you a movie with exactly the same settings.



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  • phillyt2k Level 1 (0 points)

    But it will become a .mov and not remain and .mp4 correct?

  • Shane Ross Level 8 (42,795 points)

    Use MPEG STREAMCLIP to do this. That will export MP4

  • phillyt2k Level 1 (0 points)

    exporting to mp4 isn't a problem, final cut will export to MP4. I just want to export out exactly what I have imported in. Surely there must be a way to do such a thing I havn't changed the format, frame size, or anything like that, just the duration of the clip.


    The point of me posting on the final cut forum was to be able to do this in final cut, not use another program.

  • Shane Ross Level 8 (42,795 points)

    MPEG STREAMCLIP is free.


    Do this.  Export as a self contained QT file...it shouldn't change anything.  The result will be MOV...because that's what FCP works with, QT.  OK, take that into MPEG STREAMCLIP, and simply SAVE AS an MP4. It will be the same codec...compressor type...only the container will change. From QT to MP4. 

  • phillyt2k Level 1 (0 points)

    I know it's free. My statement doesn't change. I want to be able to do it within final cut to save the need to download and mess with other programs. If it can't be done then fine, but if it can, I would like to know how.

  • Shane Ross Level 8 (42,795 points)

    FCP cannot export as .MP4 and retain quality. Heck, even if you use EXPORT: Quicktime Compression I'm not sure you can get the .mp4 container. FCP is Quicktime based, and QT has the .MOV container.


    MPEG STREAMCLIP downloads in seconds (small), and bringing in the file and doing a SAVE AS takes less than a minute.

  • Michael Grenadier Level 7 (20,340 points)

    mp4 is not a suitable format for editing in fcp.   If you've been working with it, you've been very lucky so far and you will eventually have serious pain.