Exporting as WMV or AVI in FCP

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    • #46687
      Avatarbrandon0409
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      I need to put my videos online for samples but not everyone has Quicktime. FCP only exports to Quicktime compatble formats. Not everyone has quicktime, and these formats only play on Quicktime.

      I want it to be as easy for my potential customers as possible. So I’d like to give them the choice of WMV or MOV for online viewing.

      I’dlike to do this in as few steps (& $$$$$$’s) as possible.Is there anyway to export to AVI or WMV within FCP or Compressor. If so, I just can’t find it.

  • #192255
    Avatarjerronsmith
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    I believe you would have to use a third party application to create those formats like Flip4Mac or another media converter. You can probably find a free one at videohelp.com.

    By the way you seem to be neglecting the most common web video format Flash Video. The flash player is the most ubiquitous media player on the web with a market penetration of about 97%.

  • #192256
    Avatarbrandon0409
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    Actually I have considered flash, but I have not been able to find piece of software (Windows or Mac) that will help me create SWF files for a reasonable price. I had the old version of Macromedia but the updated version is way to expensive. Help

    Thanks

  • #192257
    Avatarjerronsmith
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    There are other programs that may do what you are looking for, the one that comes to mind is called SWISH MAX 2.

  • #192258
    AvatarD0n
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    quicktime pro does avi

  • #192259
    AvatarchrisColorado
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    I think .AVI works as well as .WMV for Windows people. FCP 5 can export .AVI. Try that.

  • #192260
    Avatarjerronsmith
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    For windows users .wmv is considerably more flexible than .avi. The problem with avi is that there are so many different codecs that you could use to compress it and you can’t be sure that your users will have the one they need to view it. The better codecs, the ones that give the best compression/picture quality like xvid or divx won’t necessarily be on everyone’s machines.

    The other issue has to do with whether you want your viewers to be able to download and play your video or watch it right in a web browser. For browser based display there are really only four options Flash video, Windows Media Video, Quicktime Video, and Real Video. In order of prominance on the web you have Flash Player, Quicktime Player, Windows Media Player, and Real player.

  • #192261
    Avatarbrandon0409
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    First let me say that I figured outhow to export as an AVI. I just wasn’t paying attention in the menus.

    Why do I want this work around?

    Because many people don’t have Quicktime installed on their computers. And if they do, it is an older version. And people don’t like to download things. Unfortunately when a video does not work the first time, people won’t stick around to figure it out, it will just be on to the next site with working video?

    Well I found a workaround for my original question. Here is what I finally ended up doing:

    1. I render the video to an AVI file in FCP.
    2. Through my network, I transfer the file to my Windoze computer.
    3. In Windows movie maker, I render the video as a WMV. (I can set the file size as well)
    4. Then I place it on my website. Easy as that.

    The most time consuming part is the transfer from one computer to the next. Which isn’t really that long. Especially if you have a good Windows computer.

  • #192262
    Avatarjerronsmith
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    If you are going to encode as .WMV on a windows machine, couldn’t you just skip the.avi export and bring a Quicktime file over the network to the PC and encode that?

  • #192263
    AvatarAnonymous
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    Definitely AVI. Higher quality than WMV; and more suitable for further editing, etc.

    Jeremy

  • #192264
    AvatarAnonymous
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    …However, if you are going to put it online, definitely do .WMV or .FLV. I don’t think FCP can export either. So you may have to use a third party tool.

    Jeremy

  • #192265
    Avatarjerronsmith
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    There is a plugins for FCP that allows it to create Flash video files, unfortunately I can’t remember the name of it at the moment. Remember however that FLV files cannot be directly embedded in a web page. They must be wrapped in a SWF container, so you may want to find a program that does the conversion, and then creates the SWF and controller to display the video file.

  • #192266
    Avatarbrandon0409
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    If you are going to encode as .WMV on a windows machine, couldn’t you just skip the.avi export and bring a Quicktime file over the network to the PC and encode that?

    Windows Movie maker does not handle quicktime files.

  • #192267
    Avatarjoycef4m
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    Flip4Mac is designed to work inside of Final Cut Pro. It’s a QuickTime Plugin that allows you to export to Windows Media from Final Cut. You can download the free Flip4Mac WMV Player and all of the features of the Flip4Mac WMV Studio Pro HD are available in demo mode. So you’ll be able to test it and see that it can export to Windows Media using one or two pass VBR or CBR encoding at standard or high def. In demo mode you’ll be limited to a 30 second export but you’ll be able to tell if it’s the solution you need.

  • #192268
    Avatarbmills
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    quicktime will convert to .AVI however I’ve noticed it will f*ck up the first 30 seconds or so of video…

  • #210518
    AvatarAnonymous
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    FCP cannot directly export video as wmv, it usually export to quicktime movie files

    but we can convert FCP exported movie files to wmv, avi, mpg, mkv, flv at http://www.idealshare.net/imovie-fcp/export-convert-final-cut-pro-to-wmv-mkv-avi-vob-mpg.html

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