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Dan Stern
Editing a trailer - what file formats to ask for?
on Dec 16, 2015 at 5:55:48 pm

Hello!

I've just been approached to cut a trailer for a short film. It has been edited, scored, and color corrected. Everything done.

What questions should I be asking? What file formats do I request? I'll be editing on FCP 7.

Thank you!


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Roger Poole
Re: Editing a trailer - what file formats to ask for?
on Dec 16, 2015 at 6:16:13 pm

You really should be asking your client what delivery format they require. Let them ask the questions because if you get into it and somewhere down the line it gets rejected as "wrong format" it will be your problem - and reputation.


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Dan Stern
Re: Editing a trailer - what file formats to ask for?
on Dec 16, 2015 at 7:02:20 pm

Thanks Roger. I;ve since found out that it was shot on a RED and the final product will only exist online (YouTube/Vimeo).

Is that information helpful at all?


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Roger Poole
Re: Editing a trailer - what file formats to ask for?
on Dec 16, 2015 at 7:11:41 pm

For YouTube and Vimeo I would suggest 720p mp4 (H264). That's what they prefer and it plays well on most devices.


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Dan Stern
Re: Editing a trailer - what file formats to ask for?
on Dec 16, 2015 at 7:42:32 pm

Thanks Roger. Just to get it straight:

Final delivery once I edit should be 720p mp4 (H264).

But what file format should I ask them to send me?

Thanks again.


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Roger Poole
Re: Editing a trailer - what file formats to ask for?
on Dec 16, 2015 at 8:04:28 pm

Correct for Youtube. You said the edit was complete. What format is it now and how will it come to you. Ideally you would want a Quicktime compatible file, preferably Apple ProRes so that you don't need to go through any conversion process in order to get it into FCP. Ask if they can give you that.


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