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Final Cut Pro X export options

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This lesson focuses on how to export a movie file from Final Cut Pro X.

fcpx_training.pngTwo export a movie in Final Cut Pro X, use the share function located under the file menu.


You'll notice that most of the export options refer to services or devices. 

You can configure the list of export options available by navigating to the Final Cut Pro preferences menu, or select Add Destination from the File - Share menu.


One particular preset that you may want to add to the list, is the 'Save Current Frame' option.

To export a self-contained movie within Final Cut Pro X, select Share - Master File. 

If you have Final Cut Pro 10.0.6+ you can now export a range of from your project.  To do this, make sure the range tool is selected, and highlight and area you would like to export.


It's important that the range tool stays selected.  This way, Final Cut Pro X will only export the section of the project.  It will also export any connected clips contained within the range.

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When you are finished with your project, the last step is to export or share your project.

To start, navigate to the Final Cut Pro menu and select preferences.

Check the destinations tab.

This will list the default export options that will be available to you when you are ready to share your project.

Most of the default export presets are for either services, or devices, such as burning a DVD, exporting for an Apple device, or sending your video content directly to YouTube.

If you need an additional preset, just drag it into the destinations column.

A good preset to have that’s not a default is to save current frame preset.

Each preset has its own settings, so for this particular preset, I’ll choose export as a JPEG image.

Close the dialogue box when you’re finished.

Okay so now it’s time to share your project.

To do this, click in the timeline area to make sure your project is selected.

Then navigate to the file menu and select share.

Within the share menu, you will see the available export presets.

To export to an Apple device, such as an iPhone or iPad, select one of the Apple Device presets.

A dialogue box will appear.

Park over the monitor icon in the lower right to see a list of compatible Apple devices for the preset you’ve selected.

Then press the share button to create the movie file.

By default, this will automatically add the movie to your iTunes library, which can then be synced with your Apple device.

Okay now, if you need to export a master Quicktime media file, navigate back to the share menu, and choose Master File.

If you click on the settings tab, you can change whether or not you want to export video and/or just audio.

You can also change the video codec that’s wrapped within the QuickTime movie.

Notice you can also scrub through the preview window to view the content that’s about to be exported.

If you have a range selected with your project, Final Cut Pro X will only export that range.

It will also export any connected clips within the area selected.

Press the next button to specify a location for your final Quicktime movie.

That’s it, you should now have the basics of using the share function.

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