What Is Mastering?

In a comprehensive post-production pipeline, mastering is an extension of the finishing process that involves assembling all of the elements (or deliverables) that are required by a network or distributor into a single package.

Required deliverables may include any combination of the following:

The network or distributor can use these elements to facilitate long-term archiving of a program into its content library, provide easy format conversion from one video standard to another, and accommodate both domestic and international distribution. Final Cut Studio provides the capabilities for addressing most, if not all, of these needs. For more information, see: