Exporting for the Web from Quicktime Pro
Exporting for the Web from Final Cut
When you export from FCP, you're actually using Quicktime Pro. Quicktime is the engine under the hood of Final Cut and other DV programs. When you choose File > Export > Using Quicktime Conversion in Final Cut, you're given a couple choices. The first is format — leave this as Quicktime Movie. The second choice is the settings — the menu gives you a choice between several presets. Look for the preset that best matches your target audience. If you know a lot of people are going to view your clip over a dial-up connection, for instance, select one of the modem presets. Selecting on of these presets automatically configurse more detailed parameters — things like frame rate and data rate. You can click on the option button to see it all spelled out. But more often than not you won't have to change anything. The presets were engineered to meet the needs of most authors and viewers.
For more information, look under the Help menu in Final Cut.
These presets are also available in the Quicktime Player. Just open a clip and choose Export under the File menu.
Note: The Quicktime export presets all use MPEG-4 compression. MP4 makes for good image quality with relatively small file size, but people will need at least Quicktime 6 to view for clips. For clips that are friendly with earlier versions of Quicktime, try one of the mov presets in Squeeze.
Embedding Video in a Web Page
If you have any experience designing Web sites, you know that one page can look and act differently from one browswer to the next, one platform to the next. That's certainly the case when it comes to embedding Quicktime video within a page. The following code does the trick most of the time — Mac or PC, IE, Netscape or Safari. Just copy it into your own Web page.
<OBJECT CLASSID="clsid:02BF25D5-8C17-4B23-BC80-D3488ABDDC6B" WIDTH="360" HEIGHT="282" CODEBASE="http://www.apple.com/qtactivex/qtplugin.cab"> <PARAM name="SRC" VALUE="http://itp.nyu.edu/yourDirectory/yourMovie.mov"> <PARAM name="AUTOPLAY" VALUE="true"> <PARAM name="CONTROLLER" VALUE="true"> <EMBED SRC="http://itp.nyu.edu/yourDirectory/yourMovie.mov" WIDTH="360" HEIGHT="282" AUTOPLAY="true" CONTROLLER="true" PLUGINSPAGE="http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/"> </EMBED> </OBJECT>
If it looks redundant, it is. That's just to cover the bases with the different browsers. Obviously you'll have to change some of the parameters to match your own clip, but that should be pretty straightforward.
Remember to add 16 to the height of your movie to allow for the playback controls at the bottom of your clip.
Apple's site has a detailed description of all the possible attributes of an Embed tag.