4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 16, 2013 11:27 AM by Gary Markovich
Gary Markovich Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

I'd used FCE for several years, and am in the midst of switching over.

 

I've gone through 2/3 of Mr. Wolsky's book and have probably 4-5 completed projects with FCP X. However, there have been some FCP X updates since the book was written.

 

I will be filming a concert for a friend, and have learned how to create and edit a multi-cam clip.

 

My friend wants a recording of the complete concert, and in addition to the complete concert, he also wants individual songs from the concert separated from the complete show as "stand alone" files.  He wants to be able to upload these "stand alone" song videos to his own website, so I was going to deliver the edited files of the complete concert, and files of the individual, edited songs on a external hard drive. 

 

I'm using consumer-level cameras (Sony CX 700, Sony PJ710, Sony HC9, iPhone) recording at 1080.

 

My question is, what settings/options should use to share the finished video so that he can upload them (from his PC) at the highest quality?

 

Thanks in advance for any assistance.

 

Gary

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (30,850 points)

    Gary Markovich wrote:

    … what settings/options should use to share the finished video so that he can upload them (from his PC) at the highest quality? …

    how or where is the video hosted?

    Vimeo or YouTube have different settings = in FCPX you'll notice diff. options.

     

    'best' would be a Master File/cmd-E, but the resulting proRes.mov is of ittle use on a Windows-based machine.

  • Gary Markovich Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Danke Karsten,

     

    It WILL be from a Windows PC and probably to YouTube.

     

    It there some kind of generic HiDef QuickTime format that is somewhat "universal" to both platforms?

     

    Gary

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (30,850 points)

    Gary Markovich wrote:

    …  It there some kind of generic HiDef QuickTime format that is somewhat "universal" to both platforms?

    I'm delivering my son's weekly game-reports to the soccer-moms & -dads on various platforms - incl. Xbox/PS3 as media-players. 'My' universal format is 720p as h264.mp4.

     

    so, my workflow is:

    • exporting a master-file (for future use, the 'raws' get dumped after a year), which is actually 720p - not fullHD, for two reasons: a) I hadn't the recording equip until now, b) some device stumble with higher bit-rates 1080p makes neccessary

     

    • open the file in MpegStreamclip, go straight to save-as, and in the drop-down I choose mp4 - this 're-wraps' the file into a mp4 media-wrapper without lossy re-encoding

     

    ==> the resulting mp4 is fully compatible on all platforms I know of.-

     

    note:

    I'm still not fully aware of the various 'new' export options since vers06 of FCPX … esp. the 'package' option, which allows multiple exports within one click, is tempting, although I assume, my brave ol' MacMini will start choking on so much encoding

    a friend of mine owning an i7 iMac blows me away when hitting Export - actual hardware makes a difference

     

    mov asks for Quicktime-for-Windows on PCs - which some Windows users are hesitant to install.

    proRes is a MacOS-proprietary format .... and is a lil' 'bloated' for exchange.

     

    so, h264 is universal (since YouTube), mp4 is 'more universal' than mov

  • Gary Markovich Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Thanks so much for this.  My friend's son has an Apple, so he can upload the videos to YouTube from there.  Danke shoen for all the info!

     

    Cheers,

     

    Gary