Final Cut Pro X: Export a master file from Final Cut Pro

Export a master file from Final Cut Pro

You can use the Master File option in the Share menu to export your project as a QuickTime movie. The Master File command is often used to create a high-quality “master file” of a completed project, which serves as the source media for the final stages of professional post-production or broadcast and distribution. You may also consider this option when you want to use the media in another app, copy the media to an external storage device for a client to review, or publish the media to a website for which there are no preconfigured destination settings in Final Cut Pro.

You can also use the Master File option to export an MXF file.

  1. Do one of the following:

    • Select one or more projects or clips in the browser.

      Note: You can’t mix projects and clips in a batch share. Your selection must contain only projects or only clips. For more information, see About batch sharing.

    • 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.

    • Select one or more ranges in clips in the browser.

      For information about selecting multiple ranges, see Manage multiple range selections in event clips.

  2. 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.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • Choose File > Share > Master File (or press Command-E).

    • Click the Share button in the toolbar, then click Master File.

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

    The Info pane of the Share window for the Master File destination
    • Move the pointer over the image to skim the video.

      If you’re batch sharing (exporting multiple items), the image is replaced by a list of the items you’re exporting.

    • 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.

    • At the bottom of the window, view information about the file that will be exported, including frame size and frame rate, audio channels and sample rate, duration, output file type, and file size.

      For some destinations, you can also view a list of devices that will play the exported file. To view the compatible devices, move the pointer over the Compatibility icon in the lower-right corner.

  5. To view or change the Master File destination settings, click Settings at the top of the Share window.

    The available settings vary based on which format you choose from the Format pop-up menu. For detailed descriptions of each setting, see Export File destination.

    For information about master file formats, see Supported export formats.

    Note: If you change the destination’s settings, the changes are saved as the default settings for the destination.

  6. To export roles as separate video, title, audio, or caption tracks in the output media file, click Roles at the top of the Share window, then specify the roles to export.

    For more information, see Share roles as files.

  7. Click Next, choose a location for the exported files, then click Save.

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.

Note: If you added chapter markers to your project, chapter marker thumbnails are placed at the appropriate location when sharing to disc (DVD and Blu-ray disc) and MV4, QuickTime, and MP4 formats (for playback using iTunes, QuickTime Player, and Apple devices). For more information, see Manage chapter markers and their thumbnail images.

Published Date: Mar 22, 2019