Is there an alternative to compressor in FCS 1?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Filmaker, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. Filmaker macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2008
    I am running FCS 1 on a Mac G4 dual 1Ghz 2Gb Ram, OSX 10.5.4 FCP, Compressor, LiveType etc all latest updates. Everything works fine apart from Compressor which does not. I have spent hours with apple trying to sort the problem but the cure only lasts a day or two then I get the irritating message cannot read background files. So, is there any other app that I can use to replace compressor to compress FCP files into H.264 files?
    All help and suggestions very welcome!:mad:
  2. bimmzy macrumors regular


    Dec 29, 2006
    Quicktime Pro should do much the same as Compressor, though maybe not so nicely.
    The QT Pro key comes with FCS :D
  3. Filmaker thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2008
    Quicktime Pro

    Hi Bimmzy
    Since I posted I tried that with a modicum of success.
    Can I use QTPro for DVD encoding as well?
  4. sarge macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2003

    There are a number of free programs out there that will accomplish this. Personally I like to use Streamclip. Just make a self-contained mov file and open it in streamclip and away you go.
  5. illpickle macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2009
    Streamclip is your best bet. It doesn't even have to be self-contained out of Final Cut, STREAMCLIP can use QuickTime reference movies as well. You can download it here:
  6. MrLatte23 macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2007
    Direct Export from FCP

    You can use Final Cut to directly export a file, the quality would probably be close to if you used Compressor. You're still tying up Final Cut and you'd save yourself a step. Or if you are using DVD Studio Pro (or even iDVD) to author your DVD just drag a self contained directly into the menu window and DVDSP will encode it for you.

    ReReCompressing footage never helps quality, so you want to do it in as few steps as possible. You shouldn't be using H.264 on the way to Mpeg 2 for authoring a DVD. Use a higher res intermediate codec if you must make a movie before encoding it again for DVD authoring.

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