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Daniela Dawson
Loss of quality after export from FCP7
on Apr 9, 2012 at 3:33:29 pm

Hi there,
I am attempting to export a music video I just shot and edited. All footage was from canon dslrs and I converted to apple pro res 422 to edit. I have tried exporting as (quicktime conversion) quicktime .mov, and mpeg4 at different sizes but still they all have TERRIBLE quality. The quality is good when I preview my timeline in FCP. I am not sure if this is a problem with my export settings, but please let me know what my best settings would be. I will be uploading to Vimeo (which I tried for now, even HD and it looks so bad.) Thanks for your help.

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Sean Smith
Re: Loss of quality after export from FCP7
on Apr 10, 2012 at 2:58:02 am

If it looks good in FCP, it's probably your export settings. You could try exporting a quicktime movie at the current sequence settings just to see if it looks good. Of course, that file might just be too big to realistically upload.

A few questions to get you better feedback. What are your sequence settings? What settings are you using to export? Also, is using Compressor an option?

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David Eaks
Re: Loss of quality after export from FCP7
on Apr 10, 2012 at 6:11:03 am

As Sean said, try exporting with "current settings", forget QT conversion. Choose File> Export and use "current settings". If time/filesize are an issue uncheck "self-contained" to export a Reference movie, which is not itself a video file but it references your original media. It exports a tiny file very fast (I treat reference movies as disposable, one time use files just for opening in compressor and making files for Youtube, Blu-ray etc. Reference movies are NOT suitable for archiving or sharing).

Open the resulting file in compressor and apply the appropriate setting for YouTube/Vimeo in the "Video Sharing Services" folder. If you will be doing this often, especially if it is longer form video, I highly recommend Matrox MAX/Compress HD to accelerate creating the H.264.

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