Rendering Mixed-Format Sequences

For the highest-quality output, you should always render any segments of a sequence whose render status bars indicate that they need rendering. When you use the Edit to Tape and Print to Video commands, Final Cut Pro automatically renders these segments for you. For more information, see About Render Status Bars.

In some situations, you will need to render nonmatching clips to play back your sequence. For example, if you add an uncompressed clip or HDV clip to a DV sequence, you may need to render the clip in the Timeline if your computer cannot play back the source media in real time.