6 Replies Latest reply: May 24, 2013 12:20 AM by Ian R. Brown
lburech Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I need some practical advice as a newbee amateur (retired and do not do this for compensation) to FCPX.  I shot a video of my granchild's music recital at the request of the owner in HD.  The original one hour production was slightly over 50 gigs when edited.  I exported it in two parts in H264 and put it on YouTube.  I really do not want to store the original on my hard drives and want to give everything to the owner.  What should I give her?  The original clips were transitioned with cross fades, so she will lose a bit of each performance if she gets the final edited version and ever wants to put a particular part in a separate form.  She does not have FCPX so I cannot transfer the Project and Events to her via computers.  I really don't even know how to transfer the uncompressed original edited version to her.  It would obviously be nice if I could give her a disk with a compressed version that could later be blown up to a full uncompressed version but this seems impossible once the movie is compressed.  It seems that the original uncompressed version sitting on my hard drive  is useless and cannot really be transferred anywhere except hard drive to hard drive.  It also seems that the only viable transfer is a compressed version of the final product that can fit on a flash drive, cross-fades included.  I wondered how others have faced these problems.

My second question is what is the generally acceptable compression method for putting the video on iWeb.  I have my own website and still use iWeb even though Apple has abandoned it.  I see no suggestions in the "share" menu for the appropriate compression, so it can quickly download if someone accesses the sight via their smartphones.  Presently it plays and stops and plays and stops when accessed by my iPhone.


MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (18,355 points)

    The simplest and probably best solution is to give the compressed H.264 video as this is virtually the same quality as the raw original footage.

     

    It is unlikely anyone will ever want to re-edit it, but the loss of a second here or there will not matter or be noticed.

     

    If it was shot with an AVCHD camera you could alo give the card with the original footage.

     

    A good starting point for HD video would be Apple Devices.

     

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  • lburech Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the informative answer.  What about my second question?

    My second question is what is the generally acceptable compression method for putting the video on iWeb.  I have my own website and still use iWeb even though Apple has abandoned it.  I see no suggestions in the "share" menu for the appropriate compression, so it can quickly download if someone accesses the sight via their smartphones.  Presently the video plays and stops and plays and stops when accessed by my iPhone.

  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (18,355 points)

    My last sentence and the screenshot were a partial answer to your second question, though it appears that the iPhone coupled with slow broadband speeds can't manage such file sizes.

     

    Using the above setting you could change the resolution from 1280x720 to 854x480 from the dropdown menu.

     

    This would give smaller file sizes which would be easier to use.

     

    Ideally you need Compressor which will allow much more choice.

  • lburech Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have Compressor but really don't know the appropriate settings for allowing iPhones with slow broadband speeds to manage the movie files I put on my website.

  • lburech Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I guess my problem is that people access my website with both computers and iPhones.  If I set the compression for the iPhone it looks awful on a computer but if I set it for the computer the video stalls on the iPhone.  Thanks for all your help.

  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (18,355 points)

    These are the settings you should be looking at in conjunction with iPhone viewing and you should be able to access them directly from the FCP X Share menu.comp.png

     

     

    Broadband High is the least compressed and Cellular Low the most.

     

    You need to test all 4 but your best option might be to create 2 versions of each video so that people can choose one that suits their broadband speed.