Published on March 10, 2014
Apple Pro Training Series Final Cut Pro X Instructor: Sam Edsall Lesson 12: Exporting & Sharing Your Project
Exporting & Sharing Your Project • Adjust audio peaks • Conform video levels for broadcast • Export a QuickTime movie • Export an audio file • Publish to iTunes and Apple devices • Share with the Media Browser • Publish to YouTube and other video sharing sites • Export a still frame • Burn to discs and create an .img file • Back up projects and Events Goals
Preparing a Project for Exporting & Sharing • The human eye and ear can‟t always detect the “hot spots” that spell trouble. • A clip that looks fine may have brightness levels exceeding the 100% • Audio may sound fine, but may be peaking into the red zone • Final Cut Pro has scopes and visual indicators that make these problems easy to find and fix. Is it really ready?
Preparing the Project Start up the FCP External Drive: Find your APTS FCP X drive and double click to start it up.
Set up the Lesson In the Project Library, from the Lesson Projects folder, drag the Lesson 12 project folder onto the APTS FCP X disk. Open the folder and duplicate the „Zero to Hero‟ project to your HD and open in the Timeline.
• In digital audio, distortion occurs when the combined audio level of all clips is above 0 dB The good and the bad • The primary audio should peak @ -12 dB • Music and other background audio should peak @ -18 dB • The combined audio level of all clips should peak @ -6 dB or less. Mixing sound Getting the Audio Right
Spot the Hot Spot To display the Audio meters, click the right side of the Dashboard, or press Command-Shift-8. Play the Zero to Hero project then play the area around the Tony Pedregon clips and notice that the audio levels peak above 0 dB, displaying red peak indicators at the top of the Audio meters.
Have a Better Look Click the Clip Appearance button. Click the first clip icon, and drag the Clip Height slider to the middle. In the Timeline, notice which clips display yellow- or red-tipped waveforms.
Tweak the Audio In the Tony Pedregon clip, drag the audio level overlay down so that only green peaks appear in the waveforms. Then adjust any other project clips that display audio that peaks too high.
• Keep the video levels broadcast safe – no higher than 100 IRE (Institute of Radio Engineers) • Audio interference or noise occurs if video luminance exceeds 100 IRE during broadcast. The good and the bad • Use the scopes to see what‟s happening • Use the Color Board to get it right Getting it right Getting the Video Right
Have a Better Look Click the Clip Appearance button. Select the fifth clip icon to show only the video display. If necessary, adjust the clip height to see all the clips in the Timeline.
Turn on the Scopes To view the project clips in video scopes, choose Window > Show Video Scopes, or press Command-7. --The Viewer splits into two windows, with a smaller Viewer on the right and the video scopes window to the left.
Set the Scope In the upper-right corner of the video scopes window, from the Settings pop-up menu, choose Display > Waveform. Then, from the Settings pop-up menu, choose Channels > Luma.
Find a Problem Clip While looking at the waveform display, select and skim the Antron Brown clip noting where the luma levels appear on the scope. -- The levels in this clip appear above the 100% line in the waveform display.
Fix the Shot Click the Enhancement Menu button, and choose Show Color Board, or press Command-6. In the Color Board, click the Exposure tab.
• In the Exposure tab, you can alter a clip‟s luminance level by adjusting: • The darkest pixels • The midrange pixels • The brightest pixels • The entire luma range. All or part? The Exposure Tab
Fix the Shot In the Exposure tab, drag the Highlights control down to lower the clip‟s luma level to just under 100%. Use the waveform display as a guide. -- Under the Color Board, Highlights shows a negative percent value
Close the Windows Choose Window > Hide Inspector, or press Command-4, to close the Color Board. Choose Window > Hide Video Scopes, or press Command- 7. Return the clip appearance to a standard audio and video configuration.
• Original quality? • Something for an iPad or iPod? • Attachment to an email? • Straight to your Facebook or YouTube account? • Just a frame from the Timeline play head position? What do you need? Exporting a Movie File
Export the Movie To make the Timeline window active, press Command-2. With the Zero to Hero project still open, choose File> Share or use the Share Project icon, and look at the targets and choices listed in the menu. Choose Master File (default)
• Video title • Estimated file size • Tags can be added as metadata • Current settings on the bottom Info tab Master File Info Window
• Where you can change the settings • Format • Video codec • Resolution is set • Options to play the video when done Settings tab Master File Info Window
Export the Movie Click Next. Save the video to the desktop. The Background Tasks window will indicate the progress of the export.
• If your project has been exported you will see the „Share‟ icon next to the project name in the Timeline & in the Project Library • If the project has been changed since it‟s last export, an alert triangle will appear next to the share icon The Share icon Exported Projects
• Share smaller versions of your video • Export as M4V to dimensions and codecs your specify • Export directly to YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Go mobile Publishing to Apple Devices
• H.264 Better Quality • Larger file size but cleaner video • H.264 Faster Encode • Smaller file size but quality not as good as „Better‟ Video codec Publishing to Apple Devices 720p
• You choose the size • 854 x 480 • 960 x 540 • 1280 x 720 • 1920 x 1080 (if you original video is this dimension) Resolution Publishing to Apple Devices 720p
• Do nothing • Open in QuickTime • Add to iTunes library or playlist When done Publishing to Apple Devices 720p
• When adding to iTunes you can send your movie just to the Library or to a particular playlist • Not a bad idea to create movie playlists for your projects if you want iTunes to hold on to your work Where would you like it? Adding to iTunes
• Fast way to get your finished project into the world • Facebook, Vimeo, You Tube, and CNN iReports Get it online Publishing a Project to Video Sharing Sites
Publishing a Project to Video Sharing Sites In the Project Library, select a project and click on the Share Project icon and choose Facebook. Check out the different settings you can use. If you need to, click on Details to log in to your account.
Publishing a Project to Video Sharing Sites Press Cancel, then click on the Share Project icon and choose YouTube. Check out the different settings you can use. -- note the Private checkbox If you need to, click on Details to log in to your account.
Publishing a Project to Video Sharing Sites Press Cancel, then click on the Share Project icon and choose Vimeo. Check out the different settings you can use. If you need to, click on Details to log in to your account.
• Don‟t borrow other people‟s video or audio, including music. • There‟s plenty of copyright-free content you can use without the need to break copyright. Is it yours? Publishing to Social Media Sites
Other Options Press Cancel, then click on the Share Project icon and choose Add Destination. Check out the different settings you can use.
• If you are an eyewitness to a news event you can post your video here CNN iReport • Resolution – SD, large, HD • Compression – quality or fast encode Parameters Other Options
• Can burn your project straight to a DVD DVD • Layers – single or double layer DVD • Disc template – black or white background Parameters Other Options
• When disc loads • Play or bring up a menu • If you have chapters, use a menu • Background – add your own background Parameters Other Options
• Exports then starts Mail and attaches the video to the email for you Email • Resolution – small, medium, large • Compression – quality or fast encode Parameters Other Options
• Saves the frame where the play head is at as a still image Save current frame • Different image formats Parameters Other Options
• Exports each frame of your project as a separate image • Saved in a numbered sequence Export Image Sequence • Different image formats Parameters Other Options
• Burn straight to a Blu- ray drive • If you don‟t have a Blu-burner, you can save your file as a AVCHD file that Blu- ray players should be able to play Blu-ray Other Options
• Uses a red laser DVD • Uses a blue laser • Shorter wavelength than red, allowing for more data to be stored on a Blu-ray disc than on DVD‟s Blu-ray The Blue in Blu-ray Discs
• Your Blu-ray burner or to the hard drive • Hard drive will hold the AVCHD file Output Device • Single or double layer Layers Blu-ray Options
• Use a regular DVD disc • Will burn a AVCHD file onto the DVD disc • Advanced Video Coding High Definition • DVD players cannot play this back, but a Blu-ray player should be able to Burning a Blu-ray video with a standard DVD burner Blu-ray to my DVD Burner?
• Some fun, animated backgrounds for your DVD home page Disc template Blu-ray Options
• Show menu or play the movie When disc loads • If you have chapter markers in your movie Markers Blu-ray Options
• Can add your own background, logo on top of the background or title to the home screen Background, log o, title Blu-ray Options
• Old projects are often revisited, altered, a nd used for new purposes. • An insurance policy against wasted time and lost files Insurance policy Backing Up Projects and Events
Backing Up Projects and Events Connect an external hard disk or other storage device to your computer. -- If you do not have an external hard disk, you can use Disk Utility to create a disk image to store the files for this exercise. Open a Finder window and, in column view, select the storage device from the sidebar.
Backing Up Projects and Events In the Lesson 12 folder, Control-click the Mobileviz Minutes project and, from the shortcut menu, choose Duplicate Project.
Backing Up Projects and Events From the Location pop-up menu, choose the connected storage device you want to use for the backup. -- select your external drive if plugged in or Disk Image made from Disk Utility
Backing Up Projects and Events To create a complete backup of all your media files, choose “Duplicate Project and Referenced Events.” Then select Include Render Files. -- Not essential, but will save FCP from making new ones when you reload the project. -- Not including them will save some drive space.
Backing Up Projects and Events Click OK, and then press Command-9 to open the Background Tasks window and monitor the duplication process in the Media Management line.
Shortcuts in Lesson 12 • Export movieCommand E • Show audio metersCommand Shift 8 • Open the Color BoardCommand 6 • Open the video scopesCommand 7 • Open Background Tasks windowCommand 9
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