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How To Export A High Resolution Movie Out of Final Cut Pro X

Danny Greer
By Danny Greer
By Danny Greer

In this post, we’ll examine how to export out a high resolution QuickTime Movie out of Final Cut Pro X, as well as the best shortcuts to expedite this process.

Although many of the previous exporting options have been “simplified” in FCPX, exporting a hi-res QuickTime movie remains intact…if you know where to look in the application.

  1. Open up your project library view with the shortcut COMMAND + 0.
  2. Select the “project” you would like to export (Note:  Whereas you would choose a timeline to export in previous FCP versions, each timeline in FCPX is called a “project”)
  3. Use the shortcut COMMAND + E to open up the Export window (or in the menu bar choose Share > Export Movie.)
  4. In the dialogue box you can choose to export using your Current Settings or a few other codecs (ProRes, DVCPro, etc.).  Use the default, Current Settings, to export at the highest quality (no re-encoding required).
  5. Then, choose what you would like FCP to do with the file after export.  Choosing “Compressor” will put the file in a Compressor batch where it can be encoded into a much wider variety of formats and codecs (you must have purchased and installed Compressor for this to work). If you are simply looking for a high res QuickTime video, choose one of the first two options.
  6. Click “Next” and then choose where you would like the file to be saved.

**Note:  there is currently not an option to export out between in and out points.  Projects must be exported out of Final Cut Pro X in full.**

Numerous post-production professionals have scrutinized Apple for stripping out many of the encoding options that were previously present in FCP. However, I’d make the argument that FCP was never optimized for encoding.  My much preferred method has always been to use Compressor (or another software encoder such as Telestream’s Episode), freeing up FCP for editing.  The only difference is…now that seems to be the only choice. Check back to PremiumBeat.com for the latest FCP X tutorials and tips!