One of the “legacy” items that editors miss when switching to Final Cut Pro X is the batch export function.
The Batch Export capability is very useful if you need to export many clips and sequences to various formats and settings. Each clip or sequence in the Eport Quque can have its own bin and independent export settings. You could export multiple sequences as Quicktime movies containing different dimensions if you wanted to. While FCP X can’t do it directly, there is a simple workaround that will give you the same results. It just takes a few steps.
Batch Export From Final Cut Pro X
Step one. Find the clips that you want to batch export.
In my example images, I selected all the bread shots from a grocery store commercial. These have been grouped into a keyword collection called “bread”. Next, I have to edit these to a new sequence (FCP X project) into order to export. These can be in a random order and should include the full clips. Once the clips are in the project, export an FCPXML from that project.
Step two. Use the free application ClipExporter to work the magic.
Launch it and open the FCPXML for the sequence of bread shots. ClipExporter can be used for a number of different tasks, like creating After Effects scripts, but in this case we are using it to create QuickTime movies. Make sure that all of the other icons are not lit. If you toggle the Q icon (QuickTime) once, you will generate new self-contained files, but these might not be the format you want. If you toggle the Q twice, it will display the icon as QR, which means you are now ready to export QuickTime reference files – also something useful from the past. ClipExporter will generate a new QuickTime file (self-contained or reference) for each clip in the FCP X project. These will be copied into the target folder location that you designate.
Step three. Use the Finder window’s search bar to locate all files that ends with the .mov extension.
Make sure you limit the search to only your target folder and not the entire hard drive. Once the clips have been selected, copy-and-paste them to a new location or drag them directly into your encoding application. If you created reference files, copying them will go quickly and not take up additional hard drive space.
Step four. Drop your selected clips into Compressor or whatever other encoding application you choose.
(It will need to be able to read QuickTime reference movies.) Apply your settings and target destination and encode.
Step five. Batch utility for file name manipulation
Since many encoding presets typically append a suffix to the file name, you may want to alter or remove this on the newly encoded files. I use Better Rename to do this.
There you go – five easy steps (less if you skip some of the optional tasks) to restore batch exports to FCP X.
Guides about how to import video files to FCP X is available. And if you got AVCHD, MXF, XAVC video files shot by your camera or camcorder, Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac will be a good policy the get them easily imported to FCP X.