Exporting a QuickTime Movie File

You can export a QuickTime movie from three kinds of selections:

To export a QuickTime movie from a sequence
  1. Select a sequence in the Browser, or open a sequence in the Timeline.

  2. Choose Sequence > Settings.

    The Sequence Settings window appears.

  3. Click the Render Control tab and select the appropriate rendering options for the output quality you want.

    For more information on these settings, see Render Control Tab.

  4. Click OK to apply the changes you made to the sequence settings.

  5. In the Timeline, do one of the following:

    • Set In and Out points to define which portion of your sequence you want export.

    • Clear In and Out points to export the entire sequence.

  6. Choose File > Export > QuickTime Movie.

  7. Choose a location and enter a name for the file.

    Figure. Save dialog.
  8. Choose the format you want to use from the Setting pop-up menu.

    The settings shown here come from built-in presets.

    • Current Settings: This option uses the current sequence or clip settings of the item you selected for export.
    • Other sequence presets: Choose a new sequence preset to recompress your clip or sequence to another format and codec. For example, you may want to export a DV sequence to an uncompressed codec for online editing.
    • Custom: Choose this option to choose custom export settings using the Sequence Preset Editor window.
  9. Choose Audio and Video, Audio Only, or Video Only from the Include pop-up menu.

    Important: An audio track in a QuickTime movie file takes up disk space even if it is empty. If your QuickTime movie doesn’t need an audio track, choose Video Only.

    All audio that requires rendering is automatically rendered with a render quality of High, regardless of the render quality setting. Even QuickTime movies that you output that don’t have the Recompress All Frames checkbox selected will have the highest-quality audio. For more information about how multichannel audio is exported, see Exporting Audio for Mixing in Other Applications.

  10. Choose which markers you want to export from the Markers pop-up menu.

    For more information about the different kinds of markers you can export, see Exporting QuickTime Movies with Markers.

    Important: Markers within sequence clips are never exported—only markers in the sequence itself are exported.

  11. To export a QuickTime movie with all video, audio, and rendered media in a self-contained file, select the Make Movie Self-Contained checkbox.

    Leave this checkbox unselected to export a reference movie, which is a small movie that contains pointers to audio and render files located elsewhere. For more information, see Choosing the Type of QuickTime Movie to Export.

  12. To recompress every frame of your clip or sequence, select the Recompress All Frames checkbox.

    Note: This option is available only if the Make Movie Self-Contained checkbox is selected.

  13. When you’re ready to export, click Save.

    Figure. Writing Audio and Video dialog showing the progress of the export.

To cancel your export, press Esc or click Cancel.

To export a QuickTime movie from a clip in the Browser or Viewer
  • Follow the steps for exporting a sequence, but select a clip in the Browser or Viewer.

Note: When exporting a clip from the Browser or Viewer, there is no need to specify settings in the Render Control tab of the Sequence Settings window (those settings apply only to sequences and sequence clips). Also, markers are not included.