How to export a video in Final Cut Pro X

Final Cut Pro X is one of the best video editing software out there and it’s important all filmmakers know how to export a video in Final Cut Pro X.

If you’re looking to export a high-quality video then Final Cut Pro X is kitted out for that. Once you finally finished editing your film you’ve worked on for months, maybe years the last thing you want is a poor export. Thankfully Final Cut Pro X will not let you down!

In this guide, we will look at the steps to allow you to export a video in Final Cut Pro X to the highest possible quality.

How to export a video in Final Cut Pro X

Here we will take you through the steps to ensure you export a video in Final Cut Pro X to the highest possible spec.

We will go through each intricate detail and step to ensure you have the right codec and ratios for your video.

Let’s get started!

Firstly, let’s select the project you are looking to export

To select the right project to export, you need to open up your project library using Command + O and choose the project you wish to export.

Next, you open the export window

There are three ways to get to the export window, the first is to go to File > Share > Master File (Default) in the menu bar.

Export window
Export Window

The second method is to simply click the share button in the top right hand corner and then choose your export method from there.

Export window
Share Button

And finally, the easiest way, to simply hold down Command + E. For all of these options, you will need to select the master file.

Now you can choose your export settings

In the pop-up box, you can now decide on your export settings by choosing either your “Current Settings” or by selecting another “Codec“.

You can select anything from H.264 ProRes 4444 XQ in the export settings, we recommend sticking to the H.264, or your file size will be ridiculously big.

File Format
File Format

You’ve selected your file size, now what?

It’s time to select your file destination

You can select your file destination by clicking Next after selecting your file format and once you have selected your destination, you can click save.

Now your export will begin.

Once complete, you will have a pop-up tell you it’s completed – from there select “Show” and it’ll take you directly to your exported file!

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Jay Neill

Jay Neill is the founder, owner, and managing editor of iFilmThings and believes everyone should have access to the film resources they need to plan their filmmaking project, which is why he’s dedicated iFilmThings to helping all filmmakers.

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