Here is a handy exporting guide I stole (and adapted) from Vimeo. To ensure high quality, problem-free final video exports please follow these instructions. ALWAYS watch your videos after you export to be sure it looks and sounds the way you intended.
|Codecs||H.264 / AAC For video use H.264 and AAC for the audio codec.|
|Frame rate||29.97 FPS Unless of course you shot in a different frame rate (such as 24fps). If you are unsure choose “current.” If there is an option for keyframes, use the same value you used for framerate.|
|Data rate||2000 kbits/sec (SD) / 5000 kbits/sec (HD) This setting controls both the visual quality of the video and how big the file will be. In most video editors, this is done in terms of kilobits per second (kbits/sec or kbps). Use 2000 kbits/sec for standard definition 4:3 video, 3000 kbits/sec for widescreen DV, or 5000 kbits/sec for high definition footage.|
|Resolution||640×480 (SD) / 1280×720 (HD) / 1920×1080 (HD) 640×480 for standard definition 4:3 video, 853×480 for widescreen DV, and 1280×720 or 1920×1080 for high definition. If you have the option to control the pixel aspect ratio (not display aspect ratio) make sure it’s set to “1:1” or “1.00”, also sometimes called “square pixels.”|
|Deinterlacing||YES If you have this option, enable it. If you shoot in DV format, this is an especially important. If you do not deinterlace, you will often get weird-looking horizontal lines in your video.|
|Audio||320 kbps / 44.100 kHz Choose AAC for the audio codec. You’ll want to set the bit rate to 320 kbps and the sample rate to 44.100 kHz.|
|Format||MOV when exporting from Final Cut Pro be sure to export using “Quicktime Conversion” or use Compressor. Do NOT select “quicktime movie” as this will create a FCP native file (and will be much, much larger in file size.|