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Ned Miller
On FCP7, which file format to export for client on PC?
on Oct 2, 2015 at 1:35:12 pm

Hi,

I do not have Compressor or QT Pro and need to make a file for a client on a PC. Do I need to buy QT Pro or Fip4Mac Pro to make a WMV? Is there a way to make a MP4? I am about to migrate to X or Premiere.

The video is to be projected from a laptop, I told them to first drag the file to their desktop and play from there.

This video is 3GB and runs 16 minutes in 1080/30.

Thanks for your advice.

Ned

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Chicago Videographer
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Mark Suszko
Re: On FCP7, which file format to export for client on PC?
on Oct 2, 2015 at 6:38:04 pm

MPEG Streamclip and FLV Crunch are free and simple-to-use tools I use for cross-converting to make Windows-compatible files. I have always had good luck with FLV Crunch's .WMV (Windows media File) output.


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Ned Miller
Re: On FCP7, which file format to export for client on PC?
on Oct 2, 2015 at 8:15:26 pm

Thanks Mark. I am trying that now.

But I thought it would be the best quality if it was exported out of FCP 7 rather than using a converter, right? What settings would you suggest?

I just did a conversion and it made a great looking MP4 but it is a whopping 8GB! I had used the data rate setting of 70.12mbps.

Any idea as to how to get this down to a workable size yet still look great?

Thanks,

Ned

Ned Miller
Chicago Videographer
http://www.nedmiller.com
www,bizvideo.com


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Mark Suszko
Re: On FCP7, which file format to export for client on PC?
on Oct 2, 2015 at 10:30:17 pm

You could export a self-contained movie into Apple Compressor. Lots more controls to tweak there, and it would be your best shot for highest quality over using Quicktime Conversion... People are shy of Compressor, I think because the interface looks intimidating until you know what each part does. You can make it drag and drop simple, if you like.

As to shrinking your file size, I'm afraid my only advice is to play with it. I tend to cut the audio down to mono, and maybe change the screen proportions and data rate. Players on the other end will scale back up.


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John Rofrano
Re: On FCP7, which file format to export for client on PC?
on Oct 5, 2015 at 10:58:25 am

[Ned Miller] "I just did a conversion and it made a great looking MP4 but it is a whopping 8GB! I had used the data rate setting of 70.12mbps."
That's an extremely high bit rate. Most MP4 files are in the range of 6 to 8 Mbps. Use 12 - 16 Mbps if you need more quality.

File size is controlled by average bit rate. There is no other contributing factor. Lower the bit rate and the file gets smaller. MPEG-4 was designed for low bit-rates so don't be afraid to turn it down.

Apple Compressor is only $49. You might want to invest in it.

~jr

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Ned Miller
Re: On FCP7, which file format to export for client on PC?
on Oct 5, 2015 at 11:06:24 pm

Thanks for the advice on nitrate. I will let you know how it goes.

Ned Miller
Chicago Videographer
http://www.nedmiller.com
www,bizvideo.com


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