Yeah, I'm working with FCP, on OS X, and we've just finished a broadcast season of our programming.
I have a bunch (10-13) quicktime files that I used to burn DVDs for viewing.
These Qtime files are all about 10GB large, and are about 24 minutes long.
I want to back these up on DVD for storage(capacity 4.5GB)and want to know if there are any FREE programs I could use for Compression. I thought about Stuffit, but would like some more info about that.
(would stuffit expander work?)
I know this seems like a pretty n00b request, but it's what I need.
"Trying is the first step towards failure."
-Homer J. Simpson
If you want to put them on DVD's at the full original quality you can set the FCP "Limit Capture/Export File Segment Size" to 4.3 gigs and export from FCP. This will create QT segmented reference files which you can reimport as contiguous footage.
If you want to streamline the burning process you can connect a couple of FW DVD drives, make a couple extra copies of Toast and burn multiple discs at the same time. You might have to use a lower burn speed (I think 2x would be OK) for this to work.