Sending from Final Cut Pro to Compressor

You can export a Browser clip or sequence directly from Final Cut Pro to Compressor by using the Send to Compressor command. Exporting media from Final Cut Pro to Compressor works nearly the same as using Compressor as a standalone application. The main difference is that Final Cut Pro renders media directly to Compressor during the encoding process, so you don’t need to create an intermediate QuickTime movie.

When Should You Export Directly to Compressor?

The advantage of exporting a sequence to Compressor directly from Final Cut Pro is that rendering happens as part of the transcoding process, potentially saving you time and eliminating unwanted artifacts.

Compression and chapter markers in your Final Cut Pro sequence can be included in the resulting compressed media files. When imported into DVD Studio Pro, the chapter markers automatically appear in the Track Editor.

Depending on the length of the movie, the format you are exporting to, and your computer’s capabilities, exporting can take a significant amount of time.

Another option is to use the Share feature in Final Cut Pro, which can process export sessions in the background. For more information, see Using Share.

To send a sequence or clip from Final Cut Pro to Compressor
  1. In the Browser, select a sequence or clip you want to export.

    If you want to export only a specific segment of a clip or sequence, set In and Out points in your clip or sequence.

  2. Choose File > Send To > Compressor.

    Compressor opens and the sequence or clip you exported from Final Cut Pro appears as a new encoding job in a Compressor Batch window.

    If you selected multiple clips or sequences in step 1, the Multiple Sources dialog appears. For complete information on using the the Multiple Sources dialog, see About the Multiple Sources Dialog.

Once your Final Cut Pro clip or sequence is set up as an encoding job in Compressor, you can adjust settings and submit the job just as you would with any other individual QuickTime source file in Compressor. For more information about setting up a Compressor job for encoding, see Applying Encoder Settings and Submitting Jobs.

Important: The Source destination in Compressor actually results in the output media files being placed at the root level of your startup volume. You can assign a different destination in Compressor if needed. For more information, see the Compressor User Manual, available in Compressor Help.