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Saving High Resolution Mpeg-4 files in Final Cut Pro

My client wants the mov files from my 5D to be converted into MPeg-4.  Ok no problem, usually I would go through iMovie and save the files that way, but I need to work in FCP to make a few modifications.  The issue is that I can find no way to save the .mov file into mpeg-4 that does not really degrade the file quality.  I want crisp 1080 out the backend not some crapy internet friendly output.  I would even settle for anther file output then import back into imove to output the mpeg-4.  The important thing is that the final image quality is the same as the master file.  
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If you have the iMovie output set up the way you want it; you could try to output as .mov using quicktime from Final Cut Pro and then open this directly iMovie.

I am just trying another export to see if something I have an idea about works too.  I sometimes go the other way and output final from FCP using other Quicktime options.

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Hi again,

okay, so I thought this would work - and it did.

Export your movie from FCP using Quicktime export; select DV stream and then import this DV stream into iMovies - iMovies automatically sees this as an importable format.

Hope it works for you.  If not, report back and I'll explore another avenue.

btw; when you exported to mpeg form FCP (forgot to ask this :o/ ) did you use the h.264 codec in Quicktime?

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awesome let me check

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i did use the h.264 codec

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Okay, so try the DV stream export and see if that works for you.  Oh yeah, no idea how the 's' keeps getting on the end of iMovie :/

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I found an acceptable solution from a friend of mine whom does a lot of location video work in the environmental field.  I exported the files as form FCP as a
 QT movie standard settings, then opened them in QT pro, from there I exported them to apple TV as .m4v files then simply renamed the extension mp4.  The resulting files were just what I needed.  Crazy but true.    

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Did you try the DV stream option or the .mov from QuickTime export?  The QuickTime export does pretty much what you just stated in one less step.

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