Tip #1055: Create a Small Movie Fast

… for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Tip #1055: Create a Small Movie – Fast!

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

A Master File does not necessarily mean high-quality. Actually, you get to pick.

Choose File > Share > Master File, then pick H.264 or ProRes Proxy.

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Here’s a fast way to create a small file you can use for client reviews, audio mixing or wherever image quality is less important than small file size.

When you need a small file, quickly, here are the steps:

  • Select the project in the Browser or open it in the Timeline to make it active.
  • Choose File > Share > Master File.
  • Then, from the Video Codec menu pick H.264.

This quickly creates a very small, high-quality file because H.264 compression is hardware-accelerated on virtually all Macs.


Unlike proxy files, this movie will match the frame size and frame rate of your project.

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