Selecting Batch Export Settings

Items in the Export Queue window do not have individual export settings. Instead, each bin in the Export Queue has export settings. When you place a clip or sequence into a bin in the Export Queue, that item is exported using the settings assigned to the bin.

You can place the same clip or sequence in as many Export Queue bins as you like. This allows you to export the same clip or sequence with different settings or to multiple file formats.

You can specify export settings for a bin by selecting a bin and clicking the Settings button or by selecting options in individual columns in the Export Queue window.

Choosing Export Settings with the Settings Button

You can click the Settings button to access the Batch Export window, which allows you to specify settings for all items in a bin.

To specify settings for batch export items using the Settings button
  1. Select the bin in the Export Queue window, then click the Settings button.

    Figure. Export Queue window showing a selected bin and the Settings button.

    In the Batch Export window, you can specify settings for all items in the bin.

    Figure. Batch Export window.
  2. Click Set Destination, then choose a location to save the exported file.

  3. Choose a QuickTime-compatible file format from the Format pop-up menu.

    Figure. Batch Export window showing the Format pop-up menu.

    These are the same file format choices available when using the Export Using QuickTime Conversion command and the Export QuickTime Movie command.

    Tip: If you choose the QuickTime Movie file format, the settings available are the same as when you use the Export QuickTime Movie command. This allows you to select whether video, audio, or both tracks are exported, whether frames are recompressed, and whether or not the resulting movie file is self-contained.

    If you choose any other option, the options available are the same as when you use the Export Using QuickTime Conversion command. For more information, see Exporting Using QuickTime Conversion and Exporting QuickTime Movies.

  4. Choose preset settings from the Settings pop-up menu.

    The preset settings you see depend on the format you’ve selected.

    Note: If you are exporting a QuickTime movie, the preset settings are the current sequence presets available in Final Cut Pro. This is the same as when you are using the Export QuickTime Movie command, except the option Item Settings replaces Current Settings, and no custom settings choice is available.

    If you want to export a QuickTime movie using all available QuickTime customization settings, make sure you choose QuickTime (Custom) from the Format pop-up menu.

  5. To specify additional settings, click Options (if available), then click OK.

    Some formats let you choose additional options, such as bit rate. The Options button is dimmed if no options are available. Many of these options are described in Configuring QuickTime Movie Settings and QuickTime Movie Sound Settings.

  6. Click Set Naming Options, choose the type of file extensions you want, then click OK.

    Figure. Set Naming Options dialog.
    • Strip Existing Extension: Specifies whether an existing extension is removed from the base filename when the export filename is created. This is useful if you’re adding your own extension.
    • Add Custom Extension: Type a custom extension to be applied to the filename.
    • Add File Type Extension: Specifies whether the default extension for the specific export file type is automatically appended to the filename.

      Typical extensions are:

      • .mov: QuickTime movie files
      • .pct: PICT files
      • .png: TIFF files
      • .wav: WAVE files
      • .aif: AIFF files
  7. If you chose QuickTime Movie from the Format pop-up menu, choose the tracks you want to export from the Include pop-up menu—Audio and Video, Audio Only, or Video Only.

    An empty audio track can still take up disk space. If your exported file doesn’t need an audio track, choose Video Only.

  8. If you chose QuickTime Movie from the Format pop-up menu, the Recompress All Frames and Make Self-Contained options are available. You can select these options if you want. For more information about these options, see Choosing the Type of QuickTime Movie to Export.

    Figure. Recompress All Frames, Make Self-Contained, and Use Item In/Out checkboxes in the Batch Export window.
  9. Select the Use Item In/Out checkbox to export only the media between the current In and Out points. If this is not selected, all of the media in the clip or the entire sequence is exported.

  10. Click OK.

After you specify your settings, you’re ready to export. For more information, see Doing a Batch Export.

Selecting Batch Export Settings from Columns

The columns in the Export Queue window display details about each bin. You can change export settings directly from these columns.

To change batch export settings from the Export Queue window
  • Control-click in a column for a bin, then choose a setting from the shortcut menu.

    If the message “No shortcut” appears, the information in that column cannot be changed from the Export Queue window.

Columns in the Export Queue Window

Here is a list of the columns in the Export Queue window.

  • Name: Displays the name of the item. The Name column always appears on the left.
  • Type: Displays the type of item—clip, subclip, merged clip, sequence, bin, or effect.
  • Status: Displays the current export status for the item. If there’s an error during export, a message explaining the problem appears.
    • Queued: An item is ready for export. This appears when an item is first added to the Export Queue.
    • Done: An item was successfully exported. These items are ignored if you start another batch export process.
    • Canceled: The export process was canceled.
    • Error: This appears when a problem prevented the item from being exported successfully.
  • Base Output Filename: Lets you specify new filenames for clips and sequences. If nothing is specified in this column, the item name is used as the output filename. Naming options specified in the Batch Export window are also applied to the filename specified here.
  • Length: Displays the total length of the clip or sequence, regardless of In and Out points.
  • Destination: The path to the folder on disk where the exported files will be saved. The Render Files folder is used by default. To change the folder, double-click in this column. In the dialog, choose a location to save the file.
  • Format: Displays the file format used for exporting.
  • Settings: Displays the preset settings chosen for this export bin from the Settings pop-up menu in the Batch Export window. You can Control-click to choose preset settings here and choose options from the shortcut menu.
  • Use In/Out: Make sure there is a checkmark in this column to export the sequence or clip using the current In and Out points. If there is no checkmark in this column, all of the media in the clip or the entire sequence is exported.
  • Strip Existing Extension: Specifies whether an existing extension is removed from the base filename when the export filename is created. This is useful if you’re adding your own extension.
  • Add Custom Extension: Type a custom extension to be applied to the filename.
  • Add File Type Extension: Specifies whether the default extension for the specific export file type is automatically appended to the filename.

Options When Exporting a QuickTime Movie

The following three options are available in the Batch Export Window only when the exported file format is a QuickTime movie:

  • Include: Specifies which tracks should be included in the exported media file—Audio and Video, Audio Only, or Video Only.
  • Recompress All Frames: This is the same option that is available when you use the Export QuickTime Movie command. For more information, see Exporting QuickTime Movies.
  • Make Movie Self-Contained: This is the same option that is available when you use the Export QuickTime Movie command. For more information, see Exporting QuickTime Movies.

After you specify your settings, you’re ready to export. For more information, see Doing a Batch Export.