Modify a project’s settings

As your project evolves, you may decide you want to change its settings.

In most cases, Final Cut Pro manages project settings automatically based on the properties of the first clip you add to a project, but you can change almost all settings of an existing project. If you must modify the project settings, choose video and audio project settings based on how you intend to share your final movie with your audience.

Change a project’s settings

  1. In the Libraries list, select the event that contains the project you want to modify, and select the project (or double-click it to open it in the Timeline).

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Window > Project Properties (or press Command-J).

    • Click the Inspector button in the toolbar.

      Inspector button in toolbar
  3. Click the Info button at the top of the pane that appears.

    Info button at top of Inspector pane
  4. Click the Modify Settings button.

  5. In the window that appears, change the settings as appropriate.

    Project Properties settings

    Project Name

    • Project Name: Type a name for the project.

    Starting Timecode

    • Starting Timecode: If you want your project’s timecode to start at a value other than 00:00:00:00, type a starting timecode value.

    Drop Frame Timecode

    • Drop Frame: Select the checkbox to turn on drop frame timecode (this option appears only for 29.97 and 59.94 fps media).

      In non-drop frame timecode, the timecode counter counts at a consistent rate without dropping any numbers from the count. Non-drop frame timecode is available as a display option for every frame rate.

      In drop frame timecode, frames 0 and 1 are skipped the first second of every minute, unless the minute number is exactly divisible by 10.

    Video Properties

    • Format: Choose the video format (a specific method of encoding the video).

    • Resolution: Choose the frame size of the video. Available frame sizes are dependent on the format. To enter an arbitrary frame size, choose Custom in the Format pop-up menu.

    • Rate: Choose the frames per second (fps).

      Note: Unless the Timeline is completely empty, you cannot change the frame rate of an existing project.

    Audio and Render Properties

    • Audio Channels: Choose whether to present the audio as multichannel surround sound or as stereo.

    • Audio Sample Rate: Choose the audio sample rate for your project (the number of times a signal is measured—or sampled—per second). A higher sample rate produces higher-quality audio and larger file sizes, and a lower sample rate produces lower-quality audio and smaller file sizes. The sample rate you choose depends on the source material you’re working with and the final destination of your audio.

    • Render Format: Choose the codec to use for your project’s background rendering.

  6. Click OK.