Finishing and Outputting REDCODE Projects

After you’ve completed your edit in Final Cut Pro, you have a range of finishing and output options for your REDCODE project.

Using Color in a REDCODE Project

You can send your REDCODE project to Color for grading and color correction.

For more information, see the Color User Manual.

Sending a Project to Color

To ensure a successful color grading and correction phase of your project, you should follow certain guidelines and prepare your Final Cut Pro sequence ahead of time. For example, if you will be exporting your files from Color as DPX files, it’s best to do a cuts-only edit. You can export any selected REDCODE sequence, but you can export only one sequence to Color at a time. For complete details, see the Color User Manual.

To export a sequence to Color
  1. Select a sequence in the Browser or open a sequence in the Timeline.

  2. Choose File > Send To > Color.

  3. In the Send To Color dialog, enter a Color project name in the Color Project Name field, then click OK.

Outputting DPX Files from Color

After you use Color to grade the native REDCODE files, you can output your project to DPX files for further finishing and output in a DI software finishing application. For a detailed explanation of outputting DPX files and preparing them for final DI output, see “Color Correction Workflows” in the Color User Manual.

Outputting to Tape and Other Formats

After you finish editing, you can output your movie to videotape or export your sequence to Compressor. You can also use the Share feature to quickly create and deliver output media files in iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, MobileMe, DVD, Blu-ray Disc, YouTube, and Apple ProRes formats.

Few video decks support media formats with digital cinema frame sizes, such as REDCODE. You may have to choose another format for output to tape, such as an HD or SD format.

Before you output the Apple ProRes video to tape, make sure the video is output at a legal size and frame rate for the format you want. You can place your Apple ProRes media in a sequence that has the output settings you want, or you can use a video interface card to crop the media to an HD frame size. You can also use Compressor to configure a crop or to scale down the media to HD or SD formats.

To output to tape, follow the standard procedures for using the Print to Video command. For more information, see the Final Cut Pro 7 User Manual.

To export your sequence to Compressor
  1. Open your Final Cut Pro sequence in the Timeline.

  2. Choose File > Send To > Compressor.

For more information about sending to Compressor, see the Compressor User Manual.

To export a clip or sequence using Share
  1. In Final Cut Pro, select the clip or sequence you want to export.

  2. Choose File > Share.

    The Share window appears.

For more information about the Share feature, see “Using Share” in the Final Cut Pro 7 User Manual. For more information about workflows, see Final Cut Studio Workflows, available at