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How To Export to MP4 in Final Cut Pro

How To Export to MP4 in Final Cut Pro

As you create video projects in Final Cut Pro, you may wish to change the format of a project as you export it. Due to the limited formats available in this program when saving initially, converting to a new format can allow your video to be played on a wider range of devices. You can choose various format by which to export your files in Final Cut Pro by following some additional steps during exporting. 

The Easiest Method

If you want the easiest way for how to export from Final Cut Pro to MP4 format, then you will want to work within the confines of the program to do it. Here are the steps you will take once you have Final Cut Pro open.

Step One: Select the project you wish to export. You can also select a portion of a project.
Step Two: Click file.
Step Three: Click export.
Step Four: Choose the Using QuickTime Conversion option. A new window will come up.
Step Five: In the pop up window, choose MPEG-4.
Step Six: In the new window that comes up, you will go to Make Adjustments for MPEG-4 Export Settings.
Step Seven: Choose the file format as MP4. You can also adjust other settings as needed.
Step Eight: Click the video options button.
Step Nine: In the pop up window, you want to select Encoding Mode: Best quality (multi-pass)
Step 10: Click ok.
Step 11: Click ok in the main window.

Once you complete the final step, it will start the exporting of the file. Do note that exporting can take a long time, especially if you are exporting a large file.

An Alternative

An alternative to changing the file format within Final Cut Pro is to export it in one of the built-in formats that the program has and then convert the file in another program. Do be aware that this may have some effects on quality. However, it may also allow you more control over the different aspects of the video. The main benefit is that it will be a much quicker process to use this alternative method.

Now that you know how to export Final Cut Pro to MP4 format in two different ways, you can each method a try to see what works best for you. You may find that for some projects one method is better than the other or you may end up with a preference that you use every time you need to convert a file format. If you need further help, please don't hesitate to consult further with Shutterstock's other advice on using Final Cut Pro. 
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