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Benedict Fancy
Quality issue when exporting a 720p/60fps FCP6 project to vimeo via Quicktime
on May 29, 2012 at 2:13:25 am

Hi there, I just shot and edited a 720p/60fps wedding project in FCP6 that I am now trying to export as an H.264/720 file for vimeo. Having exported it as a Quicktime file via Quicktime Conversion, the quality is really not good. The project is 12 minutes long and when exported as an H.264/720 HD file it comes out to about 493mb in size. But before I even upload to vimeo, I can tell that the quality is not representative of the same HD quality in FCP.

The codec in the FCP timeline is set to Apple ProRes so I wondered if exporting it as an H.264 file is what's decreasing the quality, or is it the fact that I shouldn't have edited it in a 59.94 sequence in the first place?

This is the first time I've solely shot at 60fps because I have slowed down pretty much every clip purposefully for a slow motion effect.

How can I now obtain the same quality in FCP in the quicktime file for uploading online? Urgh...I'm really hoping the answer isn't to re-edit the whole project!

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

thanks so much

Benedict


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Steve Eisen
Re: Quality issue when exporting a 720p/60fps FCP6 project to vimeo via Quicktime
on May 29, 2012 at 2:40:28 am

[Benedict Fancy] "Having exported it as a Quicktime file via Quicktime Conversion, the quality is really not good"

Export a QuickTime Movie. Drop that file into Compressor and choose and customize your settings for h.264.

Steve Eisen
Eisen Video Productions
Vice President
Chicago Creative Pro Users Group


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Benedict Fancy
Re: Quality issue when exporting a 720p/60fps FCP6 project to vimeo via Quicktime
on May 29, 2012 at 3:03:14 pm

Thank you Steve, let me see how that goes and I'll post a response.
thanks!
Benedict


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