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Edward House Level 1 (75 points)

How do I compress a 2 min FCP video into 100MB for web upload?

 

I have FCP v.7 as a part of FCStudio

OK, this may seem like a stupid question for most of you but I haven't used FCP for years.  I am trying to make and upload a 2 min video to the web and don't know how to turn it into a size of 100MB or less.

Yes, I realize that I have Compressor but it does not work on my computer for some reason.  I think my laptop is too old for it or something.

 

It needs to be in one of these formats and I would like to use the highest quality.  Suggestions needed for this also since this will be my first attempt at an uploaded video.

.MOV, .WMV, .AVI, .MPG, .3GP, 3G2, .QTL, OR .MP4

 

 

Any help would be wonderful!

 

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3), 750GB HD, 2.2 GHz, 6 GB RAM


MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3), 750GB HD, 2.2 GHz, 6 GB RAM
  • RatVega™ Level 4 (2,005 points)

    Simply export from FCP using the "current settings" option (this gives you a best quality master) and take that to Compressor. You should be OK with the "YouTube" preset in Compressor; if not, select the H.264 preset of your liking.

     

    HTH

  • David Mclaine Level 4 (1,855 points)

    Hi Edward,

                    The You Tube preset in Compressor is your best option as Mr vega said.

    If you are having trouble with Compressor try this.

    http://www.digitalrebellion.com/compressorrepair/

    DM

  • Michael Grenadier Level 7 (20,340 points)

    First, what are the pixel dimensions and pixel aspect ratio of your sequence in fcp?  If you're resizing and changing the pixel aspect ratio (square pixels are strongly recommended for web use), it's a good idea to customize the preset in compressor enabling frame controls and setting the resize filter to best.

     

    If you're material is interlaced with a lot of motion, it's usually a good idea to also deinterlace.  This can also be done in the frame controls panel by changing the output fields to progressive and the deinterlace to best.

     

    Here's a user tip with working with compressor

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-2611

  • RatVega™ Level 4 (2,005 points)

    David Mclaine wrote:

     

    Hi Edward,

                    The You Tube preset in Compressor is your best option as Mr vega said.

    If you are having trouble with Compressor try this.

    http://www.digitalrebellion.com/compressorrepair/

    DM

    Mr. Vega?  surely you know me well enough to call me Rat, David... 

  • Michael Grenadier Level 7 (20,340 points)

    so "rat" is the preferred title?  Good to know. 

  • RatVega™ Level 4 (2,005 points)

    Michael Grenadier wrote:

     

    so "rat" is the preferred title?  Good to know. 

    Yes, Michael.  The "Rat" in my nickname is not a character slur but rather a reference to a big block Chevrolet racing engine, commonly referred to as a "rat motor."  Likewise, a small block Chevy is commonly called a "mouse motor."  I wasn't always a post guy...

  • David Mclaine Level 4 (1,855 points)

    From now on thou shalt be known as Sir Rat.

    DM

  • Jim Cookman Level 7 (23,435 points)

    Are you old enough to remember Big Daddy Roth and Rat Fink?

  • RatVega™ Level 4 (2,005 points)

    Absolutely...  beyond the cartooning, I was a big fan of Ed Roth's cars; the Beatnik Bandit was my favorite.

     

    All my account info makes me look like a noob, but I've been on this forum since 2004. My Apple ID has been scrubbed twice for reasons beyond me; that's why I have the special character since 2011.

  • Edward House Level 1 (75 points)

    I appreciate all the input but I mentioned in my question that I couldn't use Compressor... that being said I did try to start it up and it did seem to work.  Unfortunetly I still do not iknow how to use it or set it up for what I need! LOL

    This is not a YouTube video or video related site.  I just need to send this video for a project I'm doing and it needs to stay under 100MB but keep its best quality.

    I did see a YouTube video suggesting using QT setting for doing the compression found here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPgUE5nJsTE

     

    If any one can give me a crash course in using compressor or offer a great link or if using QT conversion that would be wonderful!

     

    I HAVE to have this done by Mon!

  • RatVega™ Level 4 (2,005 points)

    First, let me apologize for the way we were chatting on your thread while waiting.

     

    Let me summerize what I think we have here:

    1. You have a 2 minute show you want to convert to some codec appropriate for high quality presentation, but under 100MB final filesize.

     

    2. You feel you don't want to use Compressor or a preset for YouTube.

     

    3. You're in a hurry.

     

    The fastest and highest quality method of making this conversion is using Compressor. It is designed to do precisely what you ask. The codec you want is H.264.


    The YouTube preset is being suggested not because we think you're going to upload the clip to that site, but because the YouTube preset is a remarkably easy way to get a HQ H.264 clip with acceptable filesize. I'm staring at a 3:40 clip of 1080p that would knock your socks off and it's 90MB!

     

    Even on a laptop the conversion is a matter of minutes.

     

    If you're OK with my arguement, I'll write out a step-by-step proc for you and you can be done with this in time for that primetime show you want to watch.  OK?

  • RatVega™ Level 4 (2,005 points)

    p.s.: don't believe everything you see on YouTube... 

  • Michael Grenadier Level 7 (20,340 points)

    If you check out the user tip I linked to, you'll find some help in navigating compressor. 

  • Edward House Level 1 (75 points)

    Yes RatVega, please do give me the step-by-step!  :-)

    I know my way around FCP a little but not at all in Compressor.

    I truly appreciate the help!

     

    PS:  I didn't get back right away becuase AOL had problems fowarding my mail to Thunderbird so I never knew anyone was answering my request.  My fault for trusting AOL and not checking back myself!

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