Recently, I was ready to export a project from Final Cut Pro X only to discover that the project render files did not match the format that I wanted to export. This started me wondering how FCP X handles sharing (exporting) when render files and export settings don’t match.
I tend to record in two formats:
To see or change the render settings, choose Window > Project Properties (type: Cmd+J), then click Modify Settings.
By default, Final Cut sets ProRes 422 as the render format. Use the Render Format menu to change the render settings.
Keep in mind that FCP X makes use of all the processing resources in the system simultaneously (GPU + CPU). In other words, Final Cut has the GPU doing effects and image processing, which offloads work from the CPU so it can focus on encoding. So with both GPU and CPU working together in parallel, Apple has made huge improvements in the export speed compared to FCP 7, or other applications that are not so tightly integrated into the Apple hardware.
HOW FINAL CUT PRO X HANDLES RENDER FILES
When the time comes to share (export) a file, there are three ways Final Cut will handle render files:
I really like how Apple’s engineers have solved this problem. It means that if my render files don’t match my final output, Apple will use the highest quality when creating a master file or the fastest option when compressing a file for the web.
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