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Compressor: May 2009 Archives

FCP_Compressor.gifOften when producing for the web sometimes we will encode to a lower frame rate. When choosing the new rate, there is one very important factor to consider. Be sure that the new frame rate will divide evenly into the old frame rate. For example if you have a 30 fps project that you want to encode to 10 fps, that would be okay. On the other hand if you tried to encode your 30 fps to 12 fps, it would appear choppy, because 12 does not go into 30 evenly. 

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Another great way to improve quality when encoding with compressor, is to use frame controls. For example when trying to improve interlacing issues when encoding to Mpeg2, turn on the Frame Controls and change the Resizing controls to Best, Progressive, & Best. Adding these Frame Controls will also increase both output time, and Output size. However the improvement can be worth the increase in size.

As part of our 5 day Final Cut Studio class, we give an introduction to Apple Compressor. Understanding how and when to use Apple Compressor, is not always obvious.


qmaster-distributed-encode.pngIf you have more than one computer in your studio, you might wish that you could tie them together and harness all of their computing power to help make your renders and transcodes faster.  Fortunately, Final Cut ships with the ability to use Apple's QMaster to distribute Compressor jobs between a "cluster" of machines.

Creating and tuning render farms can be a deeply technical task, but, for the casual videographer, Apple's automatic configuration options are easy and effective.  The only requirement is that all computers you want to share should be on the same network.

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This page is a archive of entries in the Compressor category from May 2009.

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