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Old Aug 8, 2012, 06:49 PM   #1
svoboda
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Final Cut Express Exporting Best Quality, Smallest Size?

Hello MacRumors!

I'm brand new, so please excuse any forum-faux-pas.

Here's the skinny: I've edited some HD (720p) videos on Final Cut Express, and now I need to export them. Unfortunately, I can't figure out how to do it with any quality. And if I do export with quality, the file is HUGE.

I have movies (hollywood) on my hard drive that are two hours long, look great, and are under a gig. Yet when I export my 10min video with Final Cut, it's either huge (read 3gigs) or stupid-small (read 30megs) and looks like total garbage.

So here's what I'm looking for a ten-minute video:
  • File size under 200 megs
  • Mpeg (preferred), avi, or mov all cool, whichever is best
  • Maintains 720p
  • Doesn't look like garbage

What settings should I be exporting at? Should I be using a external software (aka mpegstreamclip)?

Thank you for the help!!!

To the left, "Export Quicktime Movie" - 10min long, 3 gigs in size
To the right "Export Using Quicktime Conversion" to mpeg - 10min long, 52megs in size
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