FCP to WordPress

OK.  You’ve created a video in Final Cut Pro.  You want to put it in your blog.  What now?

Once again find that calm place in your mind. It isn’t that tough.

Now what do I do?

In Final Cut Pro, click in your timeline.   (Make sure you don’t select a specific element.)

Go to File>Export>QuickTime movie.

Name your movie and export it to your desktop so you can find it easily.

When it finishes, double click on it to open it using QuickTime Player.  Play it to make sure everything is OK.

While you are still in QuickTime Player Select File>Save for Web.  Name the file and save to your Desktop.  Check the box Computer H.264, 5 Mbit/s maximum data rate.

Uncheck the other boxes.   Select Save.

When that is completed, find the folder created on your desktop.  Right click on the video file inside the folder that says computer m4v.  Right click and open it using QuickTime Player.  View it and make sure everything is working.

When you are satisfied, upload the file to either YouTube or Vimeo.

Open the video, copy the URL.

In your WordPress account simply paste the URL of the video into the Post Edit screen.  When previewed or published, WordPress will automatically embed the video.

For more help with WordPress check out this Ultimate Guide from Make Use Of.  Provided via Creative Commons “share alike” license.


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