“For a writer, it’s a word. For a musician it’s a note. For an editor or a filmmaker, it’s a frame.” Quentin Tarentino
Wouldn’t you like to spend more time looking at your editing the way Quentin tarentino does? When I get into a great editing groove I hate having to stop down and render, or look up an error I am receiving in Final Cut Pro.
The best way to reduce these errors, or long render times, is to increase the quality of your workflow…. Ok, sounds good and all but what the hell does that BS mean?
Make sure you have plenty of space on your hard drive 15% at a minimun!
Always purchase hard drives that run at 7200rpm or are solid state drives. Media kept on slow hard drives (4800rpm) will run slow and make fcp skip.
Make all your media the same format. Final Cut Pro works best with Apple ProRes Files.
The best way to convert all your media into an Apple ProRes format is easy and free! (hooray!) Mpeg Stream Clip is the best program to use. It is free (good), easy to use (better) and free (twice, but its free!).
How touse Mpeg Stream Clip
You will need these codex installed to perform this task (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1396?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US)
Before importing your footage into Final Cut Pro 7.03, open Mpeg Stream Clip, click on List/BatchList (or hit Command+B). Drag your files into the batch list. Mpeg Stream Clip will then ask you to choose a format. Make sure you choose “Export to Quicktime”.
Next you will set your desired format settings. Choose Apple ProRes 422 for highest quality. Apple ProRes LT and proxy are the lowest quality. Below are the settings I use for Fcp, play with it and find what you like best. Make sure to use the “presets” on the bottom left. Keeps things organized, and makes you look like a pro!
I love Mpeg because once you have set it to run you can walk away. The computer is working, all you have to do is monitor it, or begin editing. The Batch List gives you a status bar and you know what videos are complete. You are now done and ready to import your files into Final Cut Pro 7.03.
In final Cut Pro you will notice rendering is needed much less, and rendering is much faster. Since Final Cut is not focusing on different formats in your sequence, it can use more of its “brain power” for rendering and completing editing tasks.
Once you are done editing like Quentin Tarentino you should render your project. Get up, drink some tea, and come back. Now that Final Cut has renderd your effects, you can not export it.
This is where you would normally hit export and go crazy because Final Cut Pro estimates 7 hrs! But, you have already done the hard work of organizing your media, It is now rendered, and since everything is in the same format Final Cut Pro will have an easier time exporting it. A much easier time!
Click File/Export as Quicktime Movie. Make sure all the settings are as follows.
Settings: Current Settings
Include: Audio and Video
This should go fast depending on the size of your project. Note This file will only play on the same computer where the original files are. This file needs to be compressed before being uploading it to the internet or placing it on an individual hard drive.
Whoa Whoa Whoa! I thought this was suposed to be easy, now i gotta do more work? Trust me this workflow is faster than having final cut pro compress this video for the web. And now you can let Mpeg Stream Clip do the work ( since you know that program now), leaving your editing system open for you to continue editing. Also if you need to create different formats of the same video, you are not using your editing system. You are using a program designed to export.
Below are my favorite settings for the internet 1280X720 is plenty, and play with the bit rate to get the ideal file size ( as close to max as your website will allow).
Bam you are now an expert on managing media for Final Cut Pro 7.03!