When exporting in FCP 7 and I un check "Make Movie Self Contained" (Make the video as a reference file) Is it possible to compress those files in Compressor (To make a DVD file) and get rid of those reference videos. Will my dvd files still work without those reference files?
Since my entire project file is so large on my hard drive, I'm trying to save space. When I export movie as a reference file, I'm still getting those video files over 40 GB . I would like to delete those video files and just keep the dvd compressed files.
Reference files do work as sources for compression but occasionally fail. Personally I don't find it the most reliable way to work.
Reference files, if they contain a lot of render files, can be nearly as large as self contained.
Can it work? Yes.
Can it fail? Yes, much more so than using a self contained master file.
I'd seriously recommend you getting another hard drive.
Note that Apple doesn't use that technology any more (not using Quicktime frameworks) in FCPX or Compressor 4.