Destinations preferences

You modify share destinations in the Destinations pane of the Final Cut Pro Preferences window. The destinations in the Destinations list (on the left side of the Destinations pane) also appear in the Share submenu of the File menu and in the pop-up menu that appears when you click the Share button in the toolbar.

When you first open Final Cut Pro, a default set of destinations appears in the Destinations list, but you can add other destinations and customize destinations. To see the destinations you can add, select Add Destination in the Destinations list. When you select a destination in the Destinations list, its settings appear on the right.

Destinations pane of Preferences window

The settings available for each destination are described below. For information about adding and modifying destinations, see Create and modify share destinations.

DVD and Blu-ray

Use these destinations to burn your project or clip to a standard-definition (SD) DVD or a Blu-ray-compatible disc, or to create a disk image (.img) file you can copy to an external drive or burn to disc later.

Note: The Blu-ray destination does not appear by default. To add it to the Destinations list, see Create and modify share destinations.

The DVD and Blu-ray destinations include the following settings:

  • Output Device: Displays your system’s suitable output devices, including optical drives and the computer’s hard disk.

    You can use your hard disk to create a disk image (.img) file that you can copy to an external drive or burn to DVD media later.

  • Layers: Displays the available layers on the destination media.

    • Automatic: Automatically detects the type of disc you can use.

    • Single-layer: Identifies the disc as a single-layer disc. You can use this option to force a dual-layer disc to be treated as a single-layer disc.

    • Double-layer: Identifies the disc as a double-layer disc. You can use this option to force the disk image to be formatted for a double-layer disc when you choose Hard Drive as your output device.

      Important: Depending on the project’s length, choosing Double-layer when using a single-layer disc may result in an error while burning the disc.

  • Disc template: Displays the available disc templates.

  • When disc loads: Displays the automatic action taken when you play the disc.

    • Show Menu: Displays the main menu.

    • Play Movie: Begins playing the movie immediately.

  • Markers: Not available for Blu-ray when using an AVCHD output device. Select the checkbox to include chapter marker text as subtitles on the output disc. Users can navigate between the chapter markers by pressing the Next Chapter or Previous Chapter button on the DVD or Blu-ray player. For more information about chapter markers, see Manage chapter markers and their thumbnail images.

  • Loop: Available for Blu-ray only. Select this checkbox to add a loop icon to the menu.

  • Background: Click the Add button to add a background graphic.

  • Logo graphic: Available for Blu-ray only. Click the Add button to add a logo graphic.

  • Title graphic: Available for Blu-ray only. Click the Add button to add a title graphic.

  • Preview: Click Main Menu to preview the main menu; click Chapter Menu to preview the chapter menu.

Email

Use this destination to email your project or clip using Mail, Apple’s email program. The Email destination automatically creates an email message that includes the exported file.

Note: The Email destination does not appear by default. To add it to the Destinations list, see Create and modify share destinations.

The Email destination includes the following settings:

  • Resolution: Choose a resolution from the pop-up menu.

  • Compression: Choose “Better quality” if you want the highest-quality compression; choose “Faster encode” if you’re willing to sacrifice quality for faster processing.

YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, CNN iReport, Youku, and Tudou

Use these destinations to publish your project or clip to your YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, CNN iReport, Youku, or Tudou account.

Note: The CNN iReport, Youku, and Tudou destinations do not appear in the Share menu by default. To add them to the Destinations list, see Create and modify share destinations.

Important: If you have two or more accounts for the same website, you must make a separate destination for each account. After you enter the account information, the destination name is appended with the account name in parentheses; for example, “YouTube (myusername).” If you want, you can rename the destination with a more descriptive name.

The web destinations include the following settings:

  • Sign In: The first time you view a web destination, a window for entering your account information appears. If you see a “Remember this password in my keychain” checkbox, you can select it so that you don’t have to enter your user name and password every time you share to the destination. For detailed instructions, see Create and modify share destinations.

    After the initial setup, you can click the Sign In button in the destination’s settings to reenter or change your account information.

  • Resolution: Choose the default resolution for the destination. If the destination is used with a project or clip that has a lower resolution than the resolution you chose, the resolution changes to match that of the project or clip.

  • Compression: Choose “Better quality” if you want the highest-quality compression; choose “Faster encode” if you’re willing to sacrifice quality for faster processing.

  • Viewable by: Choose a privacy setting for your shared movie. The privacy settings that appear in the menu change based on the web destination (YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, and so on) you’re modifying.

    Important: When you provide a password for a Youku account, you must enter your password and then deselect the password field (by pressing the Tab key or clicking elsewhere in the window). If you don’t do this, Youku does not receive the account information.

  • Category: Choose the category your movie will appear in. The category options change based on the web destination you’re modifying.

Save Current Frame and Export Image Sequence

Use these destinations to save a still image of any video frame in your project or to save a set of sequentially numbered still-image files.

Note: The Save Current Frame and Image Sequence destinations do not appear by default. To add either of them to the Destinations list, see Create and modify share destinations.

The Save Current Frame and Image Sequence destinations include the following settings:

  • Export: Choose a file format for the exported file.

  • Scale image to preserve aspect ratio: Select this checkbox to scale the output file to use square pixels and maintain the original aspect ratio (which results in an increase or decrease in the number of horizontal and vertical pixels).

    The checkbox affects only projects with formats that use non-square pixels, such as NTSC and PAL formats. If the checkbox is not selected (the default setting), the output file uses the same pixel aspect ratio and has the same number of horizontal and vertical pixels as the original video.

Export File

Note: This destination is used as the basis for three of the destinations in the default set: Master File, Apple Devices 720p, and Apple Devices 1080p. When you create and modify destinations in Final Cut Pro preferences, this destination is called Export File.

Use this destination to export your project or clip as a movie file with video and audio, as a video file (with no audio), or as an audio file (with no video). This destination is used to export files for Apple devices, computers, and web hosting.

You can customize the Export File destination by choosing one of several resolutions, depending on the intended playback device. For example, choose 1280 x 720 resolution for iPhone and iPod, and 1920 x 1080 resolution for iPad. You can also export one or more of the roles used in your project into one or more files, also known as media stems.

The Export File destination includes the following settings:

  • Format: Lists mastering formats (Video and Audio, Video Only, Audio Only) and publishing formats (Apple Devices, Computer, Web Hosting). Your choice of format determines the options in the pop-up menus below.

    Important: When sharing a project or clip, you can change the resolution only for publishing formats.

  • Video codec: Choose a codec to use for the exported file. (Available choices are based on the source clip or project media format.)

  • Resolution: Choose the default resolution for the destination. If the destination is used with a project or clip that has a lower resolution than the resolution you chose, the resolution changes to match that of the project or clip.

  • Audio file format: If you chose Audio Only from the Format pop-up menu, choose an audio format for the exported file. If you chose another option from the Format pop-up menu, this item lists the audio format that will be used for the exported file.

  • Include chapter markers: Select the checkbox to include chapter markers that were added to the project in the output file. Users can navigate between the chapter markers by clicking the Next Chapter or Previous Chapter button in iTunes or QuickTime Player.

  • “When done,” “Open with,” or “Add to playlist”: Choose what should happen when the export is complete. You can choose to open the exported file in an application, add it to your iTunes library, or publish it to the Media Browser. The name of the pop-up menu changes depending on what you choose.

    • Do Nothing: Choose this option if you don’t want to automatically open the exported file.

    • QuickTime Player, iTunes, or another application: Choose this option to open the exported file in the default application associated with the file. You can set or change the default application in the Finder. For more information, see OS X Help, available from the Help menu when the Finder is active.

    • Compressor: Choose this option to open the exported file in Compressor. The exported file will appear as the source in a new batch, making it easy to continue to process the project’s movie. For example, you can create the compressed versions needed for distribution, without involving Final Cut Pro.

      Note: This option is available only if Compressor is installed on the same computer as Final Cut Pro.

    • Other: Choose this option to specify another application to open the exported file. Select the application in the window that appears, and click Open.

    • Library: Choose this option to add the exported file to your iTunes library.

  • Roles as: Available only if you chose a mastering format (Video and Audio, Video Only, or Audio Only) from the Format pop-up menu. If you need to export your project as separate media files (for example, if you want to export the dialogue, music, and sound effects from your project separately), you can export one or more of your project’s roles as media stems. You can create a combined, multitrack QuickTime file or separate audio or video files using your project’s audio and video roles, and you can assign mono, stereo, or surround output for your audio channels. For more information about roles, see Roles overview.

Compressor Settings

Use this destination to export a project or clip using settings from Compressor, the professional transcoding application designed to work directly with Final Cut Pro.

Note: The Compressor Settings destination does not appear by default. To add it to the Destinations list, see Create and modify share destinations.

Exporting a project with a Compressor setting provides many of the benefits of Compressor without actually opening your project in Compressor. You can use Compressor to create multiple output files in one share operation, or create custom settings that modify your output file (for example, to add a watermark to the video). If you have Compressor installed on your system, you can use any of your Compressor settings with Final Cut Pro.

If you don’t have Compressor installed on your system and you receive a Compressor setting from someone else, put the setting in this location so that Final Cut Pro and Compressor can access it:

/Users/username/Library/Application Support/Compressor/Settings/

You may need to create the Compressor and Settings folders using Finder.

Tip: In OS X Lion v10.7 and later, the Library folder within your home folder is hidden by default. To access it in the Finder, press Option and choose Go > Library. For more information, see OS X Help, available from the Help menu when the Finder is active.

Export for HTTP Live Streaming

Use this destination to send audio and video to iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac using a web server.

Note: The HTTP Live Streaming destination does not appear by default. To add it to the Destinations list, see Create and modify share destinations.

Because HTTP live streaming dynamically adjusts movie playback quality to match the available speed of wired or wireless networks, it’s a great way to deliver streaming media to your iOS-based app or HTML5-based website. For detailed information about implementing HTTP live streaming, see the Apple Developer HTTP Live Streaming website.

The HTTP Live Streaming destination includes the following setting:

  • Versions to export: Select the checkbox for each type of network connection you want to support for streaming. You can export files for use with devices that use cellular, Wi-Fi, and broadband data connections.

Bundle

You can group sets of destinations together in a bundle to create several types of output in a single step. When you share a project or clip using the bundle, a file for each destination in the bundle is output automatically. To learn how to create a bundle, see Create and modify share destinations.