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  • exporting 1080P 60 as Interlaced

    Posted by Rob Gutermuth on May 11, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    Hi All

    Someone gave me an MP4 file that was a Progressive file 29.97P – They wanted DVD’s made – and I was able to change the export to 720×480 Anamorphic from 1080 and 29.97i from 29.97p which was really nice since it plays much smoother on a DVD (stupid interlaced video! lol)

    Anyways, I had just done a shoot in 1080 60P but when I tried to do the same thing, it wouldn’t give me a 60i choice for export… only Progressive….

    I wonder if I exported the file and then brought it back in, if it would allow me to do that? Mimicing what I did with the stand alone MP4 file.

    If not, how can I very easily make a 60i version of my timeline? – this way, I can make stuff for the web and author DVD’s that look much better…

    I was also curious – what happens if I just choose the DVD option as export? – I see it gives a very basic menu which is better than nothing, but will it convert Progressive to Interlaced there too?

    I just wanted to see how I can do this easily… worked great on that MP4 file…


    Rob Gutermuth replied 1 year ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Ben Balser

    May 12, 2023 at 5:19 pm

    DVD will give you the two files (video and audio) that you need for SD DVD creation.

    If you want a specific encoding setting, create it in Compressor, make it a preset in FCP. Or just Export To Compressor and set it up there. The FCPX export options are super limited, frustrates me. But then, it’s a YT editing app, not a film editing app.

  • Rob Gutermuth

    May 15, 2023 at 5:44 am

    I figured out the issue I had – you have can’t change the frame rate etc on a project once it’s populated (which is really stupid) – so you have to create a new project and then choose the preferences you want …

    I guess I could just export the Progressive version first and then use Compressor to make me the interlaced version… I wonder which would do it better?

    Ideally my work flow would be to shoot everything in 1080 60P but then I’m not only tossing away 1/2 the frames but also interlacing those… I HATE the way 30P looks though… too jerky compared to 60P or even 60i

    Guess I need to experiment and see if the effort is worth the trade off… I never go the other way, deinterlacing… I would just assume use the 60i files like I did for years before I was shooting 60 frames.

    I knew that DVD export did that, but I wondered if it also interlaced the file on export… that would of course, be too useful 🙂 I wouldn’t use their authoring anyways, but it could be nice for something super quick.


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