Getting best quality DVDs from FCP X

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by tekriter, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. tekriter macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2004
    OK, I finally made the jump to FCP X a couple of weeks ago.

    Now I'm working on a wedding video shot in 1080i with my Canon Vixia M40's.

    The wedding couple wants DVDs, but they don't have a blu-ray, nor does most of their family. So, I need to output to standard DVDs.

    I tried the burn-dvd output in FCP X, but I get more jaggies than I expected in the finished DVD. I transcoded into FCP X using ProRes 422, made my edits, and burned the DVD. Total length of the DVD is 54 minutes, so I don't think it's a disk capacity issue.

    What are the forum's recommendations for outputting to DVD? Compressor? MPEG Streamclip? Handbrake?

    Thanks in advance - I have learned a lot in reading this forum!
  2. Zwhaler macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006
    Yes, Compressor is the best I have found. Take your finished FCP project. In 10.0.6, hit File -> Send To Compressor 10.0.5 and earlier Share -> Send To Compressor ... For your settings under the presets go to Disk Burning and use both MPEG-2 For DVD and Dolby Digital Professional. Click on MPEG-2 For DVD after you've dragged it onto your file in Compressor. Under "Quality" settings choose 2 Pass VBR Best. It should automatically adjust the bitrate to the duration of the project, so leave that alone. 2 Pass VBR Best will make the video look better. Leave Dolby Digital Professional alone. Double click on the rectangular box for the project in the Compressor window and change your "Job Action" to Create DVD. From here you can adjust the title, change whether or not it "Plays Automatically" or "Go To Menu" when loaded, and you can even add a still image to the background of the menu. Set this up and click submit.
  3. mjsanders5uk macrumors regular

    May 11, 2009
    I haven't tried in Compressor 4 - haven't actually burnt a DVD video disc in years - but I always got better results from Toast.
  4. tekriter thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2004
  5. sunandsurf macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2008
    Great advice; I'm not ready to export my project yet but I'm copying your notes and will try it when I'm done. Thanks!

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