Final Cut Pro X: Share from Final Cut Pro using Compressor

Share from Final Cut Pro using Compressor

The destinations available in Final Cut Pro provide many options for exporting projects and clips. If you need more options, you can create highly customized export settings using Compressor, the professional transcoding app designed to work directly with Final Cut Pro. For example, you can use the Compressor frame resizing and retiming controls to make high-quality frame size and frame rate adjustments in your output files.

Important: To export using Compressor, you must have Compressor 4.3 installed. Compressor 4.3 must be purchased separately.

If you have Compressor installed, there are two ways you can use Final Cut Pro and Compressor together:

  • Apply Compressor settings (either the Apple-supplied setting or custom settings you create) in Final Cut Pro using the Compressor Settings destination. Exporting a project in this way lets you transcode your project using Compressor settings without opening your project in Compressor. You can also create several types of output in a single step using a destination bundle (for more information, see Create a bundle of destinations).

  • Send your project to Compressor using the Send to Compressor command, to take advantage of the options available in Compressor to customize your output.

Share using the Compressor Settings destination

Using this method, you add destinations in the Share menu that are based on Compressor settings.

  1. Create a new destination using the Compressor Settings destination.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Select a project or a clip in the browser.

    • Select a range in a project in the timeline or in a clip in the browser.

      Note: To share just a portion of a project, you must make a range selection. A clip selection is not sufficient. You can use the I and O keys to set the range start and end points.

  3. If you’re sharing a project that is set to use proxy media for playback, open it in the timeline, then click the View pop-up menu in the top-right corner of the viewer and choose Optimized/Original.

    This ensures the highest quality in the exported file. When you choose this setting, Final Cut Pro uses optimized media to create the shared file. If optimized media doesn’t exist, the original media is used. For more information about optimized and proxy media, see Control playback quality and performance.

  4. Do one of the following:

    • Choose File > Share, then choose the destination you created in step 1 from the submenu.

    • Click the Share button in the toolbar, then click the destination you created in step 1.

      The Share button in the toolbar
  5. In the Share window that appears, do any of the following:

    The Info pane of the Share window for a custom destination based on the Compressor Settings destination
    • Move the pointer over the image to skim the video.

    • In the Info pane, view and modify project or clip attributes, such as the title and description.

      For more information, see View and change metadata shared with projects. All of the attributes associated with the project or clip are included in the output file.

      Important: By default, the title field lists the project or clip name. Changing the title does not change the project or clip name, which is the name used for the exported file.

  6. Click Settings to confirm the export settings and make any necessary adjustments.

    For more information, see Compressor Settings.

  7. Click Next.

  8. Enter a name and choose a location for the exported file, then click Save.

Send your project to Compressor

  1. Select a project or a clip in the browser, or a range in a project or a clip.

    To share just a portion of a project, you must make a range selection. A clip selection is not sufficient. You can use the I and O keys to set the range start and end points.

  2. Choose File > Send to Compressor.

    Note: The Send to Compressor command is dimmed if Compressor is not installed on the same computer as Final Cut Pro.

    Compressor opens with a new batch that contains a job with the project’s or clip’s media file.

  3. Configure the job by clicking Add Outputs and following the instructions, then click Start Batch.

Note: You can set Compressor to use the computer’s graphics processing engine (GPU) to display or transcode a Final Cut Pro project sent to Compressor for processing. For more information about configuring jobs and settings in Compressor, see Compressor Help.

You can monitor the progress of the transcode in the Background Tasks window, and you can continue to work in Final Cut Pro while the file is transcoded.

When transcoding is complete, a notification appears. You can view and locate shared projects in the Share inspector. For more information, see View the status of shared projects.

Published Date: Apr 17, 2017
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