3 Replies Latest reply: Oct 17, 2013 6:52 AM by Michael Grenadier
mpike123 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi All


How would I go about exporting a file on final cut pro 7 to these specs Non-anamorphic 1:1 square pixel ratio Quicktime .mov with h264 encoding 720x576 PAL.  I have tried to do it several times but I keep told it is wrong that "the image is getting compressed on its sides"  if anyone can show me a step by step guide that would be great.


Thanks from mike

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Michael Grenadier Level 7 (20,340 points)

    Export as a selfcontained quicktime using file:  export:  quicktime movie (not quicktime conversion) with current settings.  Bring that file into compressor and apply the appropriate preset.  Make sure the settings in the geometry panel are correct for pixel dimensions and pixel aspect ratio (square).


    If you need help with compressor post back.

  • mpike123 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Michael


    Thanks for the reply yeah if could be specific in what i need to do when i take the file into compressor that would be great.


    Thanks from mike

  • Michael Grenadier Level 7 (20,340 points)

    so duplicate the appropriate apple preset (I'd recommend apple:  formats:  quicktime:  quicktime h264.

    You can duplicate it by control clicking on the preset and choosing duplicate.  This will create a duplicate in the settings:  custom folder.


    Double click on this duplicate to load it into the inspector.  If the inspector isn't visible go to windows:  inspector.


    I''m assuming this is 4:3 material (not anamorphic 16:9)


    There are 6 little boxes towards the top of the inspector.  The second from the right is for the geometry panel.


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    click save.


    Now go to the frame controls panel (3rd from the left)


    click the little gear wheel towards the top to enable editing and turn frame controls on


    set the resizing filter to best.  Even though you think compressor isn't resizing, it is changing from rectangular pixels to square and you will get much better quality by turning this on. 


    If your material is interlaced, you might want to deinterlace.  I've set these controls appropriately, but if there's not a lot of movement in your material, you may be able to avoid this.  Enabling these options with high quality will greatly increase your encoding times.


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    You can do short tests in compressor by entering an in and out in the preview window.  For longer files, if you have qmaster installed, you can greatly speed up the encoding process using distributed rendering. 

    Digital Rebellion has a great tutorial on this process


    http://www.digitalrebellion.com/blog/posts/using_compressor_with_multiple_cores. html


    It may seem a little daunting, but it will speed your compressor work up enormously and once you've figure it out, its a no-brainer.