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Exporting a Self Contained Quicktime File from FCP

This topic may seem elementary to some of you by now, but there stills seems to be some confusion out there among fresh users about choosing the appropriate Quicktime export in Final Cut Pro. No question is too big or too small here. When I first started using Final Cut Pro, I would burn reference movies to disks, take them to work and wonder where my media went to. The moment you become too afraid or too proud to ask a question is the same moment that you will have stunted your growth as an editor.

There are two ways to export a Quicktime movie from Final Cut Pro, as a self-contained movie or as a reference file. A self-contained movie is a more practical way to serve your video than a reference movie. A self-contained movie contains both the video and audio media within the single clip and is easily tranferrable between computers for viewing.

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A reference movie is a smaller file that contains references to the captured media but does not contain the acutal media itself. If you were to send this reference file to someone, in order for them to play it back, you would also have had to send all of the original movie files along with it. These files are best used for short-term circumstances on a designated machine that they have been exported to.

Exporting A Self Contained Quicktime Movie

1 With a sequence loaded into the timeline go to File > Export > QuickTime Movie.

2 Choose a location to save the file.

3 Choose to include Audio only, Video only or Audio and Video, then click Save.

Learn about Compression and Chapter Markers here!

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