… for Apple Final Cut Pro X
Tip #235: Faster YouTube Compression
Faster is actually better.
Your project is done and you need to get it to YouTube, Facebook or Vimeo. While I normally recommend always exporting a high-quality master file – both for archiving and future compression – sometimes, you just don’t have the time.
So, you are looking at this screen and debating between Faster Encode and Better Quality. You spent a LOT of time on this project – which should you pick?
In the past, before hardware acceleration, Better Quality created smaller files and higher image quality. Today, that’s no longer the case. Tests I recently made with Apple Compressor show that Faster Enocde – which uses hardware acceleration is:
- Much faster
- Creates smaller files more than 1/2 the time
- Creates image quality equal to or better then Better Quality
The compression engine used by Compressor is the same engine used by Final Cut. The only difference is the interface each has to prep a file for compression.