Final Cut Express Exporting Q's...

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  1. ~J~ macrumors 6502

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    To every video editing miracle worker... I need your help (yes, once again). I have a video created in Final Cut Express HD (FCE), I just tried exporting it to an AVI file... and at 20% completed... its @ 2GB!!!!!! Clearly, this is FAR to large for a 45 min video with mono audio (its a recording of a scientific speech w/audio from a lapel mic, 2 DV cams, and some slides added in). The data from each cam is ~9.5GB for the 45 min. I switch between the 2 cams intermittently, and throw in a few slides here and there. So... with an end result of 45min of video & single channel audio... I need it to be more like 2GB for the WHOLE THING. What export settings do I need to use to accomplish this? These will be distributed on a DVD set (there are 13 segments! - so ideally 3, maybe 4, dual-layer discs), so I need to take that into consideration for exporting.

    THANKS GUYS!!
     
  2. bigbossbmb macrumors 68000

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    What are you using to burn to DVD? If you are using iDVD, then you need to export a Quicktime Movie (matching the sequence settings... the file will be very large) and iDVD will compress it into the correct format.
     
  3. ~J~ thread starter macrumors 6502

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    GREAT! Thanks for the info/help!
     
  4. ~J~ thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok... so when I did that, it made a FC file that iDVD cant read... so now what? I will be using iDVD to author the DVDs, so I need it to be able to read the file. BTW, it came out to 9.64GB for the file size...
     
  5. -DH macrumors 65816

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    iDVD doesn't work well with AVI files ... I have no idea why you would choose to export that way. Instead, render everything FULL and then export a QuickTime Movie at current settings (do NOT recompress all frames) and then import THAT file into iDVD.

    9.64gb sound about right for a self-contained movie. DV footage takes up about 13.3gb per hour.

    -DH
     
  6. ~J~ thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I've rendered everything and did the following process for exporting:

    File > Export > Quicktime Movie > Audio & Video > All Markers > *check* Self-Contained

    It still creates a Final Cut movie file that cant be imported into iDVD!!! HELP! What am I not doing / doing wrong???
     
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  8. ~J~ thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What type of file should I be getting out of this?
     
  9. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    Try *un-checking* Make Movie Self Contained and see what happens. What version of iDVD are you using and are you working with Standard Def or High Def media?


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  10. ~J~ thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Its all standard def (576i), and thats by design, this needs to be standard DVD playable. I am using dual-layer discs tho. I am using iDVD from iLife '08, updated current.

    Im trying to figure out tho... iDVD is saying that it will take up 2.5GB on disc... does that sound about right for 45min of video & single channel audio? If so... 13 sessions (45min) @ 2.5GB/ea. + 12 Q&A (15min) @ 830MB/ea. adds up to a grand total of 42.5GB... which translates into a 5 disc set!!
     
  11. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    576i is PAL. Are you meaning to work in PAL?


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