Help with Compression settings...

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by cforand1293, Sep 1, 2011.

  1. cforand1293 macrumors regular

    Jul 25, 2006
    Ok, I have a project that I have done in Finial Cut 7. The entire project is 8gb, I am trying to get it compressed down without losing quality. What would be the best next step. I tried to compress it in imovie, but it looks really bad.. Need any help you guys can offer...

    ? What should I use to compress it
    ? What should I use to make a clean dvd menu...

  2. zblaxberg Guest


    Jan 22, 2007
    1) If you have Final Cut Pro 7, you should use Compressor to compress it.

    2) Getting it "compressed down without losing quality" is an oxymoron. Compression at its very essence is taking information out of the image to create a smaller file so you are always losing quality when you compress.

    Do you want to compress it for web or DVD? If DVD, there is a DVD preset in Compressor based on whether your clip is 90 minutes and under, 120 minutes and under or 150 minutes and under. That would be a good start.

    3) If you have Final Cut Pro 7, you should also have DVD Studio Pro to make a DVD menu

    Hope this helps.
  3. cforand1293 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 25, 2006
    Cool thanks.. Were can i find compressor? Is it a stand alone program?
  4. zblaxberg Guest


    Jan 22, 2007
    No, it is included with Final Cut Pro. Final Cut Studio is the suite that Final Cut Pro comes in. If you have final cut pro, you should have compressor, dvd studio pro and a whole slew of other programs.
  5. cgbier macrumors 6502a

    Jun 6, 2011
    You can send your project directly to Compressor from the timeline. In Compressor, use one of the DVD templates (best quality). Then later you'll have to build your DVD in DVDSP.

    Simpler way: Export your sequence as Quicktime movie and drag that into iDVD (DVDSP is a bit overwhelming for first-time users).
  6. xStep macrumors 68000

    Jan 28, 2003
    Less lost in L.A.
    Well, that really isn't true. There are compression methods that are lossless.

    Your answer is warped by your experience with common video and audio compression where the aim is to fit a very large amount of data into a much smaller space.

    What you mention is actually a technique used to accomplish the goal of using much less disk space. It isn't a requirement of a compression algorithm to strip information.

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