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Andrew Ward
How to export in exact same format as original material
on Feb 11, 2012 at 5:41:18 pm

I have a clip ripped from blu-ray into Mp4... I edited it and want to now save it back out to the exact same format (which I want to play on my Ipad).

I don't see any export formats which look automatically the same... How do I say "Just export the thing in the SAME format!"

I'm using Final Cut Pro 5 (sorry... can't afford the pricey upgrades)

Here are the details of the clip: (Bold items are what I want to maintain going forward.) And I ESPECIALLY don't want a distorted aspect-ratio. I HATE HATE HATE distorted aspect ratios!!!

Format : MPEG-4
Codec ID : M4V

File size : 2.02 GiB
Duration : 1h 39mn
Overall bit rate mode : Variable
Overall bit rate : 2 918 Kbps
Movie name : title00001
Writing application : DigiArty AV Encoder Core

ID : 1
Format : AVC
Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile : Baseline@L3.0
Format settings, CABAC : No
Format settings, ReFrames : 6 frames
Codec ID : avc1
Codec ID/Info : Advanced Video Coding
Duration : 1h 39mn
Bit rate : 2 785 Kbps
Width : 1 280 pixels
Height : 720 pixels

Display aspect ratio : 16:9
Frame rate mode : Constant
Frame rate : 29.970 fps
Color space : YUV
Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
Bit depth : 8 bits
Scan type : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.101
Stream size : 1.93 GiB (95%)

ID : 2
Format : AAC
Format/Info : Advanced Audio Codec
Format profile : LC
Codec ID : 40
Duration : 1h 39mn
Bit rate mode : Variable
Bit rate : 128 Kbps
Channel(s) : 2 channels
Channel positions : Front: L R
Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz
Compression mode : Lossy
Stream size : 90.9 MiB (4%)

MANY thanks for your advice!!!
Thank You


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John Pale
Re: How to export in exact same format as original material
on Feb 11, 2012 at 6:13:21 pm

You can't do it directly. The format used by the iPad is not a valid editing format in FCP (well, it sort of is in FCPX). What Easy Setup did you use in FCP for your ripped file? That is the format your movie now is (I'm guessing you got a red line over your timeline and had to render).

You said you don't want to upgrade to a version of FCP that existed after the iPad was introduced either, so here is the best you can do.

Export a Quicktime Movie (not Quicktime Conversion). This is the same as your timeline settings, whatever they may be. This can be a reference movie (uncheck self contained), or self contained.

You said you have FCP 5, so I don't think you will have the iPad preset in your version of download the free program called Handbrake.
Open your reference movie in Handbrake and select the iPad 2 export preset.

Do your export. Done...without spending any money, engaging caps lock or using multiple exclamation points.

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