Chapter 2. Importing Footage

Compressor not only delivers media from Final Cut Studio to the rest of the world, but it’s also the post-production workhorse for transcoding media files from one format to another. While it can, for example, transform a Final Cut Pro sequence into MPEG-2 and Dolby Digital Professional assets that are appropriate for DVD, it can also use the Apple ProRes production codec to transcode HD camera footage into a format better suited to workflows inside Final Cut Studio.

Without source media to transcode, Compressor lies dormant. Therefore, the first step in any Compressor process is to import source media.

Footage can be imported into Compressor in two ways:

• Export media directly into Compressor from Final Cut Pro ...

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