You can not export directly to 25fps. What you need to do is export a QuickTime Movie from FCP and bring that into Compressor. Once in Compressor, you can choose the export codec you need and manipulate your frame rate. Your other alternative is to get the Nattress standards conversion plug in to do this in FCP.
Eisen Video Productions
Chicago Creative Pro Users Group
Thank you for your answer. While I was waiting I googled and found out about Cinema Tools and used it to convert the quicktime to 25fps. It appears as 25fps in various players. Do you think it's ok or it's still better to use the FCP compressor? I would love to hear opinion. Thank you!
By using Cinema Tools you CONFORMED the frame rate to 25. It now runs a bit slower because you took a slightly higher frame rate and changed it. To CONVERT the frame rate -- which is changing the frame rate without altering its speed -- use Compressor.
Former Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA
Thank you for all your tips. What I did was to export 29.97fps movies to 24.97fps, then I used Cinema Tools to conform it to 25fps. I followed the tips above by using the FCP's compressor and exported it as 25fps. My piece is about 3 minutes so the difference turned out to be just 4 frames after all.
In any case it's great to have discovered this issue which I had no knowledge of before. Thanks all!