About Sequence Settings and Presets

A sequence preset has two tabs: the General and Video Processing tabs.

Note: Default Timeline, render control, and audio outputs options are available in the User Preferences window, or after a sequence has been created by choosing Sequence > Settings.

To view or edit a sequence preset
  1. Choose Final Cut Pro > Audio/Video Settings, then click the Sequence Presets tab.

  2. Click the preset you want to modify, then click Edit.

    Figure. Sequence Preset Editor window showing the General tab.

General Tab for Sequences

The following is a list of General tab settings.

Figure. Sequence Preset Editor window showing the General tab.
  • Name: Enter a name for the preset. This name appears in the Audio/Video Settings window in two places: the Sequence Preset pop-up menu in the Summary tab, and the list of presets in the Sequence Presets tab.
  • Description: Enter a brief description, or summary, of what the preset is to be used for.

QuickTime Video Settings for Sequences

Final Cut Pro uses the built-in QuickTime architecture of Mac OS X to decompress, render, and output video from your sequence. Since capturing is also handled by QuickTime, QuickTime video settings are explained in more detail in QuickTime Video Settings for Capture Presets.

Figure. Sequence Preset Editor window showing the General tab and the QuickTime Video Settings area.
  • Compressor: Choose a codec that matches the format of your media files. Any media file in your sequence that doesn’t use the codec specified here must be rendered.
  • Quality: Enter a percentage or adjust the slider to set the image quality of the codec. Some third-party video interfaces may recommend specific quality settings.
  • Advanced: Click this button to set additional QuickTime video settings. For detailed information, see Advanced QuickTime Video Settings for Capture Presets.

    Note: The alpha channel in codecs such as Animation and Apple ProRes 4444 is optional. If you modify the sequence settings to use one of these codecs, the alpha channel may not be automatically enabled. For more information, see Confirming Alpha Channel Status.

Confirming Alpha Channel Status

If your workflow involves adding or removing an alpha channel, be sure to double-check the Depth setting for the alpha channel status.

To confirm the alpha channel status in sequence settings
  1. Choose Sequence > Settings, then click the General tab.

  2. In the Compressor pop-up menu, choose the alpha channel–compatible codec (Animation or Apple ProRes 4444).

  3. Click Advanced to open the Compression Settings dialog.

  4. In the Depth pop-up menu, choose one of the following.

    • Millions of Colors: Choose this option if your footage does not have an alpha channel or you wish to discard it.
    • Millions of Colors+: Choose this option if your footage contains an alpha channel and you wish to preserve it.

QuickTime Audio Settings for Sequences

Final Cut Pro uses the built-in QuickTime architecture of Mac OS X for playback and export of your sequence audio. When you export your sequence, these audio settings are used by default.

Figure. Sequence Preset Editor window showing the General tab and the Audio Settings area.

Video Processing Tab for Sequences

You can change color space and motion transformation rendering options in the Video Processing tab of the Sequence Settings window. For new sequences, you can change default settings in the Video Processing tab of the appropriate sequence preset. For detailed information about the settings in the Video Processing tab, see Rendering and Video Processing Settings.