IN THIS CHAPTER:
104 Output to an AVI Movie
105 Output to DV Hardware or Export to Tape
106 About Different TV Standards
107 Output a Windows Media (WMV) File
108 Output a MPEG File
109 Output a QuickTime File
110 Archive Your Project
Not only can you burn your finished movie to a DVD, you can also output your project file in four formats. You can even output your movie back to your camcorder or, with the proper mechanical setup, to a VHS tape. All the tasks in this chapter dealing with outputting your video start in the same place: the File, Export submenu on the taskbar at the top of your screen. You can export a clip from the Media panel, a portion of the Timeline, or the entire Timeline. This submenu contains the following output, or export, options:
These output options are necessary if you would like to put your movie on a CD, send your movie as an email attachment, or upload your movie to be viewed on a website.
The MPEG, Windows Media (MWV), and QuickTime file outputs all have settings you can change. These settings control the viewable size, the choice of codec, various audio properties, and the choice of template suitable for web viewing. The templates are based on the viewer's Internet connection speed. For example, the DSL template creates a larger file and viewable image than the mobile phone template does.
MPEG files play in a variety of media players, WMV files play in Windows Media Player, and QuickTime files play in the QuickTime Player. Many of these files can also be played in RealPlayer. QuickTime Player and RealPlayer are available free at their respective websites.
Make sure you have a clip highlighted in the Media panel or on the Timeline before you choose an option from the File, Export submenu. If not, the Export option is not available.
If you do not have your camcorder or DV device connected and online, the Export to Tape option is not available.
When outputting to the various formats in this chapter, we will talk briefly about the advanced settings. Although the advanced settings are illustrated in the tasks, I recommend that you leave them at their defaults. If you are alreadyor when you becomean advanced user, the basic information in these tasks can help you find the advanced settings you need.