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Diana's Top 10 Final Cut Pro 7 Features #3: Exporting Blu-ray Discs

By Diana Weynand

Are you creating a project in HD? Want to export it to an HD disc? Well now you can. With Final Cut Pro 7, you can now use the Share function to export a sequence to Blu-ray disc.

Three Blu-ray Export Options
Before we look at how to export a Blu-ray disc, let's define the 3 options of creating a Blu-ray disc in Final Cut Pro 7.

1)  Burn to an external Blu-ray disc recorder.

2)  Burn a disk image to your hard drive (burn later or elsewhere)

3) Burn disc on internal computer DVD and play on AVCHD-friendly player (not on computer).

Selecting the Blu-ray Option
To export a sequence to Blu-ray, you start by choosing File > Export > Share, or press Shift-Command-E. The Share dialog appears. First choose your destination for the files you'll be exporting. Next, click the Output Type popup menu and choose Blu-ray. Then select the Create Blu-ray disk checkbox to present the action drawer.

From the Output Device popup, choose how you want to output the sequence. Only the available options will be presented. In this situation, since there is no Blu-ray recorder attached to the system, that option does not appear. You can only burn a disk image to your hard drive or burn a DVD that can play on a Blu-ray player.

You can also choose other options in the Blu-ray action drawer such as template, background, graphics, etc.

Now that you have this option in Final Cut Pro 7, do some tests to see how you like the improved quality of the Blu-ray disc format.

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Diana Weynand is co founder of Weynand Training International,

Diana Weynand is author of the Apple Pro Training Series book, Final Cut Pro 7. She is co-founder of Weynand Training International, a Gold Level Apple Authorized Training Center that offers hands-on classes on Apple Pro Applications around the country as well as customized on-site training. She is also one of the creators of iKeysToGo Your Personal Shortcut Assistant in the Palm of your Hand! - a series of iPhone and iPod Touch applications for Final Cut Pro 7, Photoshop CS4, iPhoto, Word, etc. These Apps are available on the iTunes App Store. For more information, check out her website, www.weynand.com, call her at 818.995.1719 or email at weynand@mac.com.

Related Keywords:Final Cut Pro fetaures, NLE, video editing, editing workflow, Mac video editing

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