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cessan Level 1 (0 points)

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 (42,795 points)

    What are your sequence settings? 

  • Studio X Level 7 (27,030 points)

    And what is the format of the original material?


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



  • cessan Level 1 (0 points)

    Here are the sequence settings.Picture 1.png

  • cessan Level 1 (0 points)

    how can I find out what format the original material is?

  • Shane Ross Level 8 (42,795 points)

    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.

  • cessan Level 1 (0 points)

    I don't understand this at all. What browser and where is the compressor column. Can you please be more precise?

  • Shane Ross Level 8 (42,795 points)

    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 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?

  • cessan Level 1 (0 points)

    O.k now I got that! It was a little hard, but this was a good explanation.


    It says Apple Intermediate Codec.

  • Shane Ross Level 8 (42,795 points)

    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?

  • cessan Level 1 (0 points)

    I don't really understand the question convert the footage. Did you mean download? If so I have tapes and I hook up my camera to the computer and I set it on Apple Intermediate Codec as I've done with all my weddings, and it has never been a problem.


    I could try to download a sequence in Pro Res to see if it gets better.


    Attached is a picture how I set it before I downloaded it.


    Can you take a picture of how you would do it?Picture 4.png

  • Shane Ross Level 8 (42,795 points)

    If this is HDV 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. 

  • cessan Level 1 (0 points)

    This answer is not clear to me.


    It would be so much cleared if you could take a picture like I did because they are a few HDV to choose between and a few different ProRes to choose from.


    I did upgrade my final cut pro recently to 6 so this might be why my previous settings don't work.


    But please take a picture of the audio-video settings you think I should set it to before I download. It will save a lot of time for me!



  • Shane Ross Level 8 (42,795 points)

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


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  • cessan Level 1 (0 points)

    O.k thanx! I'm gonna dowload some footage and export it and see if it turns out better. Thank You for your help!

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