3 Replies Latest reply: Feb 14, 2013 7:35 AM by Russ H
Philip Fass1 Level 2 (185 points)

Have you been getting substantially better PQ on DVDs by going through Compressor instead of just using FCP X Share? (I would be importing my files into Compressor 3.)

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Russ H Level 7 (20,285 points)

    I think the short answer is it depends on how well the user knows how to use Compressor's controls.


    FCPX does a good job od down-converting HD to SD, transcoding, and then outputting to a burner or making a disk image. Very convenient if you need to get disk out in a hurry. But if you have Compressor 3, you also have DVD Studio Pro, and used in combination, you have more control over the quality/playability/size tradeoffs…not to mention full-fledged authoring.


    FCP does offer one advantage other than convenience – and that is Blu-Ray capability, which wasn't available in the FCS 2 suite.



  • Philip Fass1 Level 2 (185 points)

    Is FCP X adjusting its settings for maximum quality given the amount and type of content, or is it just making the same assumptions for everything?

  • Russ H Level 7 (20,285 points)

    Yes – in a discrete way.


    For example, HD and SD source files will be encoded @ 7.7 Mbps – whether it's 10 minutes or 40 minutes. When hits the play time ceiling at that rate, I recall that it drops to 5.2 Mbps.


    Frame controls are on for HD, with the resize filter set to Better; they're off with SD files (since they don't need re-sizing).