Hello, I'm trying to figure out how to output .mov files that will work with both macs and pcs. I have attached a screen cap of the type of output I would like to do (on the left side) versus what I am currently doing. I noticed the model on the left is quite different than mine. Specifically under the more info section there are codecs listed which include, Photo, jpg and Timecode. My output (right side) lists none of these. Can you please tell me how I can achieve output like the left side, and more importantly, how I can make sure when I'm outputting clips how I can get the .mov clips to play on both macs and pcs?
Thanks for your help.
Mac OS 10.7.4
Processor 2 x 2.26 GHz Quad
In order for both the Mac and PC to be able to read and play your files, the correct codec also needs to be installed. Fortunately if its for editing, most NLE will install the proper codecs.
Looking at your specs on the left, Photo JPEG is NOT an editing Codec. ProRes is a very popular codec these days. 4096x2304 is 4K. Is this what you want to work with? If it is, you need to create a 4K sequence.
Exporting is very simple in FCP if done correctly. All you have to do is Export QuickTime Movie using current settings and you're set. For further conversion, drop that file into Compressor and compress it to an h.264 which is great for web and Mac/PC compatibility.
Eisen Video Productions
Chicago Creative Pro Users Group
Just to be clear, as an addendum to what Steve said, h.264 is not a good editing codec. As Steve said, It is a great codec for uploading a file to the web or passing a review copy back to a client for review. FCP does not play well with h.264 files for editing. It has no problem creating them, but FCP 7 doesn't like to edit that format.