Working with Share Output Types

The following sections cover all the workflow details for each of the six default Share output types as well as the Other option. In particular, the following sections describe the steps involved in adding post-transcoding actions.

Using Share to Create Apple TV Output

Use this output to create a video file suitable for viewing on Apple TV and add the file to the iTunes library.

To create an output media file for Apple TV
  1. In Final Cut Pro, select one or more Browser clips, sequences, or both.

    See Types of Group Selections for more information on the possible types of selections.

  2. Choose File > Share.

    The Share window opens.

  3. Use the Destination Folder pop-up menu or the Choose button to navigate to your chosen destination folder for the output media files.

  4. In the Output Type pop-up menu, choose Apple TV.

    Figure. Share window showing the Apple TV output type.
  5. Confirm the output filename in the Filename field.

    You can double-click the filename to edit it.

  6. Optionally, you can select the Add to iTunes Library checkbox to have Share automatically add the output media file to an iTunes playlist.

    The action drawer opens.

    Figure. Share window showing the Apple TV Action drawer.

    Use the Add to Playlist pop-up menu to add the output media file to a particular playlist in your iTunes media library.

    Note: The first time you use Share, this pop-up menu is empty. To populate this menu with playlists from your iTunes library, choose Refresh from the Add to Playlist pop-up menu.

  7. Do one of the following:

    • Click Export.

      The Transcoding Progress window appears and the output media file is processed. Click the Cancel button in this window if you want to stop the export process.

    • Click Send to Compressor.

      Compressor opens with a new batch containing the outputs from the Share window. For more information, see Sending Outputs to Compressor.

Using Share to Create Blu-ray Output

Use this output to create H.264 video and Dolby Digital Professional (.ac3) audio files and automatically burn them to a Blu-ray disc or an AVCHD disc.

To burn a Blu-ray disc or an AVCHD disc using H.264 video and Dolby Digital Professional (.ac3) audio
  1. In Final Cut Pro, select one or more Browser clips, sequences, or both.

    See Types of Group Selections for more information on the possible types of selections.

  2. Choose File > Share.

    The Share window opens.

  3. Use the Destination Folder pop-up menu or the Choose button to navigate to your chosen destination folder for the output media files.

  4. In the Output Type pop-up menu, choose Blu-ray.

  5. Confirm the output filename in the Filename field.

    You can double-click the filename to edit it.

  6. Optionally, you can select the Create Blu-ray Disc checkbox to have Share prompt you to insert a blank disc and then automatically burn the program to the disc.

    The action drawer opens.

    Figure. Share window showing the Blu-ray Action drawer.

    If you do not select the Create Blu-ray Disc checkbox, Share writes the output media files to the specified destination without creating a disc image.

  7. Optionally, enter information in the action drawer.

    For more information about these items, see Blu-ray Action Drawer.

  8. Do one of the following:

    • Click Export.

      The Transcoding Progress window appears and the output media file is processed. Click the Cancel button in this window if you want to stop the export process

    • Click Send to Compressor.

      Compressor opens with a new batch containing the outputs from the Share window. For more information, see Sending Outputs to Compressor.

Using Share to Burn Dual-Layer Discs

When you burn a disc using Share, the data rate in the output media file is calculated automatically based on the capacity of the disc media, the type of disc format (DVD or Blu-ray Disc), and the duration of the source media file.

  • If you initiate a Share export session before inserting blank DVD or Blu-ray Disc media into your disc-burning device, the Share feature assumes single-layer media and adjusts the data rate accordingly.

  • If you initiate a Share export session after inserting blank dual-layer DVD or Blu-ray Disc media into your disc-burning device, the Share feature detects the dual-layer media and adjusts the data rate accordingly.

To ensure the best quality for dual-layer projects, first insert blank dual-layer DVD or Blu-ray Disc media into your disc-burning device, then click Export to initiate the Share export session.

Note: If you choose Hard Drive (Blu-ray) in the Output Device pop-up menu to create a disk image (.img) file, the Share feature invariably assumes single-layer media and adjusts the data rate accordingly.

Using Share to Create DVD Output

Use this output to create MPEG-2 (.m2v) video and Dolby Digital Professional (.ac3) audio files and automatically burn them to a standard definition DVD.

To burn a standard definition DVD using MPEG-2 (.m2v) video and Dolby Digital Professional (.ac3) audio
  1. In Final Cut Pro, select one or more Browser clips, sequences, or both.

    See Types of Group Selections for more information on the possible types of selections.

  2. Choose File > Share.

    The Share window opens.

  3. Use the Destination Folder pop-up menu or the Choose button to navigate to your chosen destination folder for the output media files.

  4. In the Output Type pop-up menu, choose DVD.

    Figure. Share window showing the DVD output type.
  5. Confirm the output filename in the Filename field.

    You can double-click the filename to edit it.

  6. Optionally, you can select the Create DVD checkbox to have Share prompt you to insert blank DVD media and then automatically burn the program to the DVD media.

    The action drawer opens.

    Figure. Share window showing the DVD Action drawer.

    If you do not select the Create DVD checkbox, Share writes the output media files to the specified destination without creating a disc image.

  7. Optionally, enter information in the action drawer.

    For more information about these items, see DVD Action Drawer.

  8. Do one of the following:

    • Click Export.

      The Transcoding Progress window appears and the output media file is processed. Click the Cancel button in this window if you want to stop the export process

    • Click Send to Compressor.

      Compressor opens with a new batch containing the outputs from the Share window. For more information, see Sending Outputs to Compressor.

Important: For information about using Share to burn dual-layer discs, see Using Share to Burn Dual-Layer Discs.

Using Share to Create iPhone Output

Use this output to create an output media file suitable for iPhone playback and add the file to the iTunes library.

To create an output media file for iPhone
  1. In Final Cut Pro, select one or more Browser clips, sequences, or both.

    See Types of Group Selections for more information on the possible types of selections.

  2. Choose File > Share.

    The Share window opens.

  3. Use the Destination Folder pop-up menu or the Choose button to navigate to your chosen destination folder for the output media files.

  4. In the Output Type pop-up menu, choose iPhone.

    Figure. Share window showing the iPhone output type.
  5. Confirm the output filename in the Filename field.

    You can double-click the filename to edit it.

  6. Optionally, you can select the Add to iTunes Library checkbox to have Share automatically add the output media file to an iTunes playlist.

    The action drawer opens.

    Figure. Share window showing the iPhone Action drawer.

    Use the Add to Playlist pop-up menu to add the output media file to a particular playlist in your iTunes media library.

    Note: The first time you use Share, this pop-up menu is empty. To populate this menu with playlists from your iTunes library, choose Refresh from the Add to Playlist pop-up menu.

  7. Do one of the following:

    • Click Export.

      The Transcoding Progress window appears and the output media file is processed. Click the Cancel button in this window to stop the export process.

    • Click Send to Compressor.

      Compressor opens with a new batch containing the outputs from the Share window. For more information, see Sending Outputs to Compressor.

Using Share to Create iPod Output

Use this output to create an output media file suitable for iPod playback and add the file to the iTunes library.

To create an output media file for iPod
  1. In Final Cut Pro, select one or more Browser clips, sequences, or both.

    See Types of Group Selections for more information on the possible types of selections.

  2. Choose File > Share.

    The Share window opens.

  3. Use the Destination Folder pop-up menu or the Choose button to navigate to your chosen destination folder for the output media files.

  4. In the Output Type pop-up menu, choose iPod.

    Figure. Share window showing the iPod output type.
  5. Confirm the output filename in the Filename field.

    You can double-click the filename to edit it.

  6. Optionally, you can select the Add to iTunes Library checkbox to have Share automatically add the output media file to an iTunes playlist.

    The action drawer opens.

    Figure. Share window showing the iPod Action drawer.

    Use the Add to Playlist pop-up menu to add the output media file to a particular playlist in your iTunes media library.

    Note: The first time you use Share, this pop-up menu is empty. To populate this menu with playlists from your iTunes library, choose Refresh from the Add to Playlist pop-up menu.

  7. Do one of the following:

    • Click Export.

      The Transcoding Progress window appears and the output media file is processed. Click the Cancel button in this window if you want to stop the export process.

    • Click Send to Compressor.

      Compressor opens with a new batch containing the outputs from the Share window. For more information, see Sending Outputs to Compressor.

Using Share to Create MobileMe Output

Use this output to create video files suitable for viewing in a MobileMe Gallery and upload the files to a MobileMe account.

To publish output media files to a MobileMe Gallery
  1. In Final Cut Pro, select one or more Browser clips, sequences, or both.

    See Types of Group Selections for more information on the possible types of selections.

  2. Choose File > Share.

    The Share window opens.

  3. Use the Destination Folder pop-up menu or the Choose button to navigate to your chosen destination folder for the output media files.

  4. In the Output Type pop-up menu, choose MobileMe.

    Figure. Share window showing the MobileMe output type.

    Note: When you choose the MobileMe output type, the Share feature creates three output media files for each source media file: Mobile, Medium, and Large. If you publish to MobileMe, the MobileMe Gallery automatically plays the most appropriate version for any viewer’s device and connection speed. For information about manually adjusting the number and the details of the media files created with the MobileMe output type, see Sending Outputs to Compressor and the Compressor User Manual, available in Compressor Help.

  5. Confirm the output filename in the Filename field.

    You can double-click the filename to edit it.

  6. Optionally, you can select the Publish to MobileMe checkbox to automatically upload the output media file to a MobileMe Gallery on the web.

    The action drawer opens.

    Figure. Share window showing the MobileMe Action drawer.
  7. To automatically upload the output media file to a MobileMe Gallery, enter the account information in the appropriate fields.

    For information about the fields in the MobileMe Action drawer, see MobileMe Action Drawer.

    Note: The MobileMe member name and password are required information for automatic uploads.

  8. Do one of the following:

    • Click Export.

      The Transcoding Progress window appears and the output media file is processed. Click the Cancel button in this window if you want to stop the export process.

    • Click Send to Compressor.

      Compressor opens with a new batch containing the outputs from the Share window. For more information, see Sending Outputs to Compressor.

Using Share to Create YouTube Output

Use this output to create a video file suitable for viewing on YouTube and upload the file to a YouTube account.

To publish an output media file on YouTube
  1. In Final Cut Pro, select one or more Browser clips, sequences, or both.

    See Types of Group Selections for more information on the possible types of selections.

  2. Choose File > Share.

    The Share window opens.

  3. Use the Destination Folder pop-up menu or the Choose button to navigate to your chosen destination folder for the output media files.

  4. In the Output Type pop-up menu, choose YouTube.

    Figure. Share window showing the YouTube output type.
  5. Confirm the output filename in the Filename field.

    You can double-click the filename to edit it.

  6. Optionally, you can select the Publish to YouTube checkbox to automatically upload the output media file to a YouTube account on the web.

    The action drawer opens.

    Figure. Share window showing the YouTube Action drawer.
  7. To automatically upload the output media file to a YouTube account, enter the account information in the appropriate fields.

    For information about the fields in the YouTube Action drawer, see YouTube Action Drawer.

    Note: All fields are required in the YouTube Action drawer.

  8. Do one of the following:

    • Click Export.

      The Transcoding Progress window appears and the output media file is processed. Click the Cancel button in this window if you want to stop the export process.

    • Click Send to Compressor.

      Compressor opens with a new batch containing the outputs from the Share window. For more information, see Sending Outputs to Compressor.

Using Share to Create Apple ProRes 422 Output

Use this output to create a QuickTime movie using the Apple ProRes 422 codec and automatically open the file with another application, such as QuickTime Player. This movie would be suitable for further editing in Final Cut Pro and other applications.

To create an output media file using the Apple ProRes 422 codec
  1. In Final Cut Pro, select one or more Browser clips, sequences, or both.

    See Types of Group Selections for more information on the possible types of selections.

  2. Choose File > Share.

    The Share window opens.

  3. Use the Destination Folder pop-up menu or the Choose button to navigate to your chosen destination folder for the output media files.

  4. In the Output Type pop-up menu, choose Apple ProRes 422.

    Figure. Share window showing the Apple ProRes 422 output type.
  5. Confirm the output filename in the Filename field.

    You can double-click the filename to edit it.

  6. Optionally, you can select the Open with QuickTime Player checkbox to have Share automatically open the output media file in QuickTime Player when the export session is complete.

    The action drawer opens.

    Figure. Share window showing the Apple ProRes 422 Action drawer.

    QuickTime Player is the default application.

  7. Optionally, use the “Open with” pop-up menu to either confirm QuickTime Player or choose a different application to open the output media file.

  8. Do one of the following:

    • Click Export.

      The Transcoding Progress window appears and the output media file is processed. Click the Cancel button in this window if you want to stop the export process.

    • Click Send to Compressor.

      Compressor opens with a new batch containing the outputs from the Share window. For more information, see Sending Outputs to Compressor.

Using Share to Create Apple ProRes with Alpha Output

Use this output to create a QuickTime movie with an embedded alpha channel using the Apple ProRes 4444 codec, and automatically open the file with another application, such as QuickTime Player. This movie would be suitable for further editing in Final Cut Pro and other applications, especially in workflows that require an alpha channel.

To create an output media file with an embedded alpha channel using the Apple ProRes 4444 codec
  1. In Final Cut Pro, select one or more Browser clips, sequences, or both.

    See Types of Group Selections for more information on the possible types of selections.

  2. Choose File > Share.

    The Share window opens.

  3. Use the Destination Folder pop-up menu or the Choose button to navigate to your chosen destination folder for the output media files.

  4. In the Output Type pop-up menu, choose Apple ProRes with Alpha.

    Figure. Share window showing the Apple ProRes with Alpha output type.
  5. Confirm the output filename in the Filename field.

    You can double-click the filename to edit it.

  6. Optionally, you can select the Open with QuickTime Player checkbox to have Share automatically open the output media file in QuickTime Player when the export session is complete.

    The action drawer opens.

    Figure. Share window showing the Apple ProRes with Alpha Action drawer.

    QuickTime Player is the default application.

  7. Optionally, use the “Open with” pop-up menu to either confirm QuickTime Player or choose a different application to open the output media file.

  8. Do one of the following:

    • Click Export.

      The Transcoding Progress window appears and the output media file is processed. Click the Cancel button in this window if you want to stop the export process.

    • Click Send to Compressor.

      Compressor opens with a new batch containing the outputs from the Share window. For more information, see Sending Outputs to Compressor.

Using Share to Create QuickTime H.264 Output

Use this output to create a QuickTime movie using the H.264 codec set to very high quality, original frame size, and a low data rate, and automatically open the file with another application, such as QuickTime Player. This movie would be suitable for playback on a desktop computer.

To create an output media file using the H.264 codec with very high quality, original frame size, and a low data rate
  1. In Final Cut Pro, select one or more Browser clips, sequences, or both.

    See Types of Group Selections for more information on the possible types of selections.

  2. Choose File > Share.

    The Share window opens.

  3. Use the Destination Folder pop-up menu or the Choose button to navigate to your chosen destination folder for the output media files.

  4. In the Output Type pop-up menu, choose QuickTime H.264.

    Figure. Share window showing the QuickTime H.264 output type.
  5. Confirm the output filename in the Filename field.

    You can double-click the filename to edit it.

  6. Optionally, you can select the Open with QuickTime Player checkbox to have Share automatically open the output media file in QuickTime Player when the export session is complete.

    The action drawer opens.

    Figure. Share window showing the QuickTime H.264 Action drawer.

    QuickTime Player is the default application.

  7. Optionally, use the “Open with” pop-up menu to either confirm QuickTime Player or choose a different application to open the output media file.

  8. Do one of the following:

    • Click Export.

      The Transcoding Progress window appears and the output media file is processed. Click the Cancel button in this window if you want to stop the export process.

    • Click Send to Compressor.

      Compressor opens with a new batch containing the outputs from the Share window. For more information, see Sending Outputs to Compressor.

Note: The QuickTime H.264 output type deinterlaces any interlaced source media.

Using Share to Create Other Output Types

Use this output to create an output media file based on any (preset) setting from the list of settings provided by Compressor. You can customize any setting in Compressor and save the setting for future Share export sessions.

To create an output media file based on any setting from the list of settings provided by Compressor
  1. In Final Cut Pro, select one or more Browser clips, sequences, or both.

    See Types of Group Selections for more information on the possible types of selections.

  2. Choose File > Share.

    The Share window opens.

  3. Use the Destination Folder pop-up menu or the Choose button to navigate to your chosen destination folder for the output media files.

  4. In the Output Type pop-up menu, choose Other.

    The Settings table opens, containing both Apple settings and any available custom settings.

    Figure. Settings dialog.
  5. Do either of the following:

    • Select a setting or settings group from the Settings table.

    • Select any of the checkboxes in the In Menu column on the right side of the table to add Compressor settings or settings groups to the Share window for future Share export sessions.

  6. Click OK.

    The Share window opens. The Compressor setting you selected is applied to the output.

  7. Confirm the output filename in the Filename field.

    You can double-click the filename to edit it.

  8. Click Export.

    The Transcoding Progress window appears and the output media file is processed. Click the Cancel button in this window if you want to stop the export process.

For more information about Compressor settings, see the Compressor User Manual, available in Compressor Help.