2 Replies Latest reply: Apr 18, 2013 3:23 PM by Shane Ross
Adam Berch Level 1 (55 points)

I have a project on a timeline that I want to export as lossless. It was shot and editied at 1440 x 1080i HDV.


Should I export it as a Quicktime File (Self Contained) or a QT Reference File?


Which will give me a Lossless file?


What settings should I use when I go to File ------ Export ------ Quicktime?


Current Settings?


Thanks in advance.



Mac Pro

Intel Xeon


  • Studio X Level 7 (27,030 points)

    Both self-contained or reference will give you the same quality.


    I use self-contained most of the time as Compressor seems happier with them and I have lots of space on hard drives.



  • Shane Ross Level 8 (42,795 points)

    Export self contained. While both are lossless, the reference file is smaller because it references the media in your capture scratch and render files.  Move it to another computer, or if any of those file go missing, that file is useless.