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Joshua Pryor
.mov file is way to big, what file type should i use?
on Mar 17, 2010 at 1:39:14 am

I recently finished a video for school, its about 9 and a half minutes long, and when I export it, it comes out as a .mov file and is 2.6 gb big. Why is it so big? It just doesnt seem right to me. How can I export it so I can burn it on a dvd with a few other movies as well. Thank you.


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Ari Feldman
Re: .mov file is way to big, what file type should i use?
on Mar 17, 2010 at 3:05:15 am

Do you want this to be a playable DVD or do you just want to use the DVD to store the Quicktimes?

If you want the former, send it to Compressor and make the mpeg 2 for the DVD

If you want the latter, export it through Quicktime Conversion as a H.264.


Of course that all depends on what you want the FINAL PRODUCT to be.


Cheers,

Ari Feldman
Editor/Assistant Editor
Apple Certified Trainer


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Kai Cheong
Re: .mov file is way to big, what file type should i use?
on Mar 20, 2010 at 9:27:22 am

Sounds like the right size if you're exporting your video 'as it is', with current settings, from FCP - if you're working in DV.

But this is usually not a distribution/playback format. More like a full-quality Quicktime master file for you to keep. As Ari mentioned, there are a few options for final formats you can convert to.

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