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

Danny Greer

Learn how to export a high-resolution QuickTime Movie out of Final Cut Pro X, and explore the best shortcuts to expedite this process.

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

1. Select the Project You Want to Export

Open up your project library view with the shortcut COMMAND + 0. Whereas you would choose a timeline to export in previous FCP versions, each timeline in FCPX is called a project. So, select the project you would like to export. How To Export A High Resolution Movie Out of Final Cut Pro X - Select Project

2. Open the Export Window

Use the shortcut COMMAND + E to open up the Export window. You can also choose Share > Export Movie in the menu bar.

3. Choose Export Settings

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).

Next, choose what you would like FCPX 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’re simply looking for a high-res QuickTime video, choose one of the first two options.

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

4. Select File Destination

Click Next and 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 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.

For more FCPX action, be sure to check out PremiumBeat’s extensive collection of Final Cut Pro X tips, tricks, and techniques, including various different ways to export your work.