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Kristin McCall
Watching FCP Exports in QT vs FCP?
on May 8, 2011 at 4:50:59 pm

Is there any difference at all (quality, dropped frames, audio out of sync, etc..) between watching an exported FCP movie in Quicktime versus watching the exported file in FCP itself?

I am recompressing all frames and making my movie self-contained.

A co-worker told me I shouldnt watch my exports in QT, and I can't see a difference.

Thank you in advance for any advice on this.

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Jerry Hofmann
Re: Watching FCP Exports in QT vs FCP?
on May 8, 2011 at 6:12:01 pm

QT has problems with interlaced video being displayed on a computer (progressive scan) monitor... if you're movie is progressive, it's minimized a lot.

QT also has a problem with anamorphic footage, but other than those caveats (and the fact that same video played on a video monitor or TV will not exhibit the same gammas) I don't see a real problem with it.

However you shouldn't have to recompress all the frames. The best export you can do is file/export/QT movie and click on self contained. This then doesn't recompress the video resulting in a generation up from a recompressed video.


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