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Ash Jessie
FCP 7 Best Export to DVD
on Dec 19, 2014 at 1:37:31 am


I'm wondering if anyone can help me out. These may be dumb questions, but I'm new to this and have been struggling to find the best answer online. I filmed a wedding for my friend on a t4i and used FCP 7 to edit it. My import settings are Apple Pro Res 422 Proxy 48-16. My sequence settings are 1920x1080 (16:9). I want to put the following 3 pieces onto a DVD:

Ceremony (32 min), testimonials (20 min), & highlight video (8 min)

Not sure what are the best export settings are, want to make sure that it will fit onto the DVD. I tried with Apple Pros Res 30p 48 kHz, but it had a lot of glitches and cut out towards the end. Don't know if I should use compressor too.

Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated. Thank you!

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Shane Ross
Re: FCP 7 Best Export to DVD
on Dec 19, 2014 at 7:24:27 pm

Well, first need to know that ProRes Proxy is typically used as an "offline" or low res codec for creative editing with low space taken up on the hard drive. It's not a "finishing" codec. ProRes LT, 422 and HQ are. I know it's pretty nice quality, but it is more compressed than the other finishing codecs. But, you can try to make a DVD with DVDs are SD, and the footage is HD, it might scale right.

What you need to do is export a Quicktime movie...self contained, using the sequence settings. ...oh, I have a writeup on this;

#42 - Quick and dirty way to author a DVD

Shane's Stock Answer #42 - David Roth Weiss' Secret Quick and Dirty Way to Author a DVD:

The absolute simplest way to make a DVD using FCP and DVDSP is as follows:

1. Export a QT movie, either a reference file or self contained using current settings.

2. Open DVDSP, select the "graphical" tab and you will see two little monitors, one blue, one green.

3. Select the left blue one and hit delete.

4. Now, select the green one, right click on it and select the top option "first play".

5. Now drag your QT from the browser and drop it on top of the green monitor.

6. Now, for a DVD from an HD source, look to the right side and select the "general tab" in the track editor, and see the Display Mode, and select "16:9 pan-scan."

7. Hit the little black and yellow burn icon at the top of the page and put a a DVD in when prompted. DVDSP will encode and burn your new DVD.


NOW...if you want a GOOD LOOKING DVD, instead of taking your REF movie into DVD SP, instead take it into Compressor and choose the BEST QUALITY ENCODE (2 pass VBR) that matches your show timing. Then take THAT result into DVD SP and follow the rest of the steps. Except you can choose "16:9 LETTERBOX" instead of PAN & SCAN if you want to see the entire image.

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Eric Strand
Re: FCP 7 Best Export to DVD
on Jan 8, 2015 at 4:33:26 pm

And if you do take it into Compressor, in the Frame Controls tab, turn Resize filter to Best.


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