Outputting a Final Project

You can use the Export command to output media and project assets. You can export to an external drive or another backup device, or you can export to your local system and then move the files using the Finder.

If you are exporting a media asset, you can transcode the asset during export. However, transcoding Final Cut Studio project assets and bundle assets is not recommended.

How you export your final project or media asset depends on the asset type. This chapter presents steps for exporting a Final Cut Pro project, a Final Cut Studio or other project asset and its linked media assets, a single media file, and a bundle asset.

Important: After you export an asset from Final Cut Server, the asset is no longer tracked by Final Cut Server.

Exporting a Media Asset

Exporting an individual media asset is simple.

To export an individual media asset
  1. Control-click the asset, then choose Export from the shortcut menu.

    The Export window appears.

  2. In the Export window, choose a destination to save the media asset to by clicking the Choose button and identifying a location in the file browser.

    Figure. Export window.
  3. If desired, choose a transcode setting.

  4. Click the Export button.

The media asset is exported to the location you specified in the Export window.

Exporting an Image Sequence

When you export an image sequence asset, the folder and the images inside it are exported to the location you specify.

To export an image sequence asset
  1. Control-click the bundle asset, then choose Export from the shortcut menu.

    The Export window appears.

  2. In the Export window, choose a destination to save the bundle to by clicking the Choose button and identifying a location in the file browser.

    Note: If you want to create a QuickTime movie or other video file from the image sequence, choose a transcode setting in the export window. To keep the original file format, do not transcode the image asset sequence during export.

  3. Click the Export button.

A folder containing the image sequence files is exported to the location you specified in the Export window.

Exporting a Final Cut Pro Project and Its Linked Media Assets

You can export a Final Cut Pro project asset and all its linked media assets in one process.

To export a copy of a Final Cut Pro project and its linked media assets
  1. Control-click the asset, then choose Export from the shortcut menu.

    The Export Final Cut Pro window appears.

  2. In the Export Final Cut Pro window, choose a location to save the exported Final Cut Pro project file and its linked media files to by clicking the Choose button and identifying a location in the file browser.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • If the Edit Proxy feature has not been turned on: Original media will be used by default.
    • If the Edit Proxy feature has been turned on: Choose Original Media or Edit Proxy from the Use pop-up menu. This defines the media type that will be exported.
  4. Select the Keep Media with Project checkbox to include the media files in the export.

    Important: If you don’t select the Keep Media with Project checkbox, only the Final Cut Pro project asset is exported.

  5. Click the Export button.

A copy of the project is exported to the location you specified in the Export Final Cut Pro window.

Note: After export, the project and media files are no longer tracked by Final Cut Server.

Exporting a Final Cut Studio Bundle Asset

When you upload a Final Cut Studio project file and its media files, you upload either a bundle asset that contains the project file and media files, or the project file and each of its media files as independent assets. If you upload the project file and its media files as a bundle asset, you can export the bundle asset in three simple steps.

To export a bundle asset
  1. Control-click the bundle asset, then choose Export from the shortcut menu.

    The Export window appears.

  2. In the Export window, choose a destination to save the bundle to by clicking the Choose button and identifying a location in the file browser.

  3. Click the Export button.

The folder that the bundle asset contains is exported to the location you specified in the Export window.

Exporting a Final Cut Studio Project and Individual Media Assets

If you upload a Final Cut Studio project asset and media assets as individual assets, you need to export the project asset, then export all of the media assets.

To export a copy of a Final Cut Studio project asset and its linked media assets
  1. Select the Final Cut Studio project asset and all of the project’s linked media.

    Note: Switching to List view in the Productions pane can make it easier to Shift-click a list of media assets.

  2. Control-click one of the selected assets, then choose Export from the shortcut menu.

    The Multiple Export window appears.

  3. In the Multiple Export window, choose a destination to save the media files to by clicking the Choose button and identifying a location in the file browser.

    Note: To avoid losing track of exported projects, you can create a folder for the project and its media on the desktop or in another convenient location.

  4. Do not choose a transcode setting.

  5. Click the Start button.

Each of the selected media files is exported to the location you specified in the Multiple Export window.