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Jen Dunbar
Fastest Compression from FCP (not bothered about quality)
on Apr 11, 2008 at 12:09:52 pm

Hey.

Just wondering if anyone knows the quickest way to export a sequence from Final Cut Pro to final burn out to DVD. I need to make DVDs with timecode to be transcripted, so the quality isn't important as long you can see and hear what people are saying.

I've exported the sequence as a DV Quicktime file, then tried both iDVD (one step from Movie option), and Compressor (DVD 4:3 150mins Fastest Encode) and both seem to take forever.

I've also tried exporting the sequence and bringing it straight into DVD Studio Pro but this is taking an age a well.

I guess my question is, if I export the sequence as a reference (not self contained) file from Final Cut, what is the best setting to use in Compressor to produce a quick output file which I can bring in to DVD Studio Pro?

Any help on this would be great.

(NB I'm using Final Cut Pro 5.1.4 and Compressor 2.3)


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Craig Seeman
Re: Fastest Compression from FCP (not bothered about quality)
on Apr 11, 2008 at 1:45:37 pm

Export Quicktime Reference Movie. Set iDVD pref to "Best Performance."
If you go the Compressor to DVD Studio Pro route set Compressor to use One Pass CBR (or VBR for a more potential quality).

Use 8 Core Mac with healthy amount of RAM. Alas if time is money the cost of CPU vs time needed is a factor when making such compression/business decisions.

If they're going to be using a computer to view, consider making a one pass encode to WMV or MPEG4 (H.264 MOV will be slower) if that's an option. MPEG1 might even work fine in this type of situation.



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Jen Dunbar
Re: Fastest Compression from FCP (not bothered about quality)
on Apr 11, 2008 at 3:31:33 pm

Thanks for that. I went for MPEG1 (with separate dolby audio) in the end. It was v quick, seems to work fine and also results in a pretty small file.

Cheers.



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