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An export task is a set of options that are chosen for one batch of exported clips. These options appear in Export Clips.
Each Export Clips task starts with the same default settings, and includes options like resolution choice and applying color adjustments. Each export task also has an Export Preset menu
that lets you select predefined export tasks.
To get you started, BulletProof has a single export task predefined in Export Clips. Click the Add button to create a new export task, and use the Delete button to remove tasks. Each export task can be switched on/off, and you can process an unlimited number of tasks in a queue.
This export task is for transcoding files.
Adding multiple export tasks
|It’s easy to set up an Export Clips task, and just as easy to add more. Click the Add button to create a new export task. Click the Delete button to remove a task from the Export queue.
Setting up multiple export tasks is useful, since each task can serve a different purpose. For instance, you can set one export task for main footage and a second task for proxies. When you click Start Export, all of the queued tasks will export together.
This option sets the output format of the clips in an export task. BulletProof can process your clips with different codecs at fixed quality settings. Audio is passed through as an uncompressed PCM stream.
When you choose the codec, it’s important to know what the exported files will be used for. For instance, masters can be ProRes or original file. Proxies are usually ProRes Proxy or DnxHD 36, and dailies are usually h.264 files.
In order to see ProRes options, you need to have Final Cut Pro, Motion or Compressor installed. Alternately, the Apple website has a download of the ProApps QuickTime Codecs
The Quality choices are:
- Export Copies of Original Media. Exports the clip without format changes. BulletProof does not change the codec used and it maintains the original resolution. Choosing Original turns off the options for Resolution and Burn-In. Original also does not accept color adjustments from the Apply Color Settings option.
- Reference Original Media. Will reference media in the catalog without copying it upon export.
- PhotoJPEG Max Quality. 100% quality setting that allows 4:4:4 encoding.
- PhotoJPEG High Quality. 75% quality setting.
- PhotoJPEG Medium Quality. 50% quality setting.
- ProRes 4444. Highest quality available, for 4:4:4 HD sources. Used for masters.
- ProRes 422 (HQ). Highest quality for 4:2:2 and 4:2:0 sources. Used for masters; suitable for color grading.
- ProRes 422. High quality suitable for editing and, in some cases, distribution.
- ProRes 422 (LT). Suitable for editing.
- ProRes 422 (Proxy). Intended for offline workflows only.
- H.264 MPEG-4 AVC. Smaller files often used for dailies. Good quality at a lower bit rate.
Sets the resolution for the clips in an export task. The frame rate that you choose depends on what your final product will be used for. NOTE: This option is not available when Format> Original is selected.
What is resolution?
Resolution is the measurement of the number of pixels in a signal or image. Different resolutions are used depending on the aspect ratio of the expected target display. This Wikipedia page
has good information about display resolutions, and this YouTube Help page
talks about encoding for YouTube.
The Resolution choices are:
- 1080p (HD 1920x1080). High Definition (HD) broadcast resolution.
- 720p (HD 1280x720). High Definition Television (HDTV) resolution.
- 480p (DVD 852x480). Standard Definition (SD) broadcast resolution.
- 360p (YouTube/web). “Mid Definition” resolution, 640x360. Used for videos on digital TV, the web and portable devices. Uses buffering time during playback.
- 240p (YouTube/web). “Low Definition” resolution, 426x240. Used for videos on digital TV, the web and portable devices. Gives the quickest YouTube playback, with no buffering needed.
- NTSC-DV (720x480). Digital Video resolution at NTSC standard.
- NTSC-SD (640x480). Standard Definition resolution at NTSC standard.
Burn In menu
Chooses the metadata that is burned into each clip in an export task. The burn in can show timecode, frame numbers or the clip name.
What is burn in?
A visible version of the timecode information that is superimposed on your video image. Burn in lets you have an exact number visual reference when communicating for editing or critique. This Wikipedia page
talks about burn in.
Use for proxies.
The Burn In option is turned off when Quality> Original is selected, since it is undesirable to view timecode and frame numbers in final master or “main” footage. You will typically use Burn In when exporting proxy clips, so Burn In is available for all other Quality settings.
The Burn In choices are:
- Nothing. The default setting, in which no information is burned in.
- Timecode. Burns in the timecode option chosen in Global Settings> Timecode.
- Frame Numbers. Burns in frame number starting at a fixed value of 1.
- Filename + Timecode. Burns in the original file name at left and timecode at right.
- Filename + Frame Numbers. Burns in the original file name at left and the frame number at right.
Respect/Ignore In and Out points
Tells BulletProof to export clips that are trimmed to In and Out points. NOTE: This option is hidden if the Resolution option is set to Original.
This option is initially set to Ignore
and turned off. When you choose Ignore, the full length of the clip is exported. However, if you choose the Embed Metadata
option, the In/Out points will be brought over as metadata.
to turn on the option. A shortened version of the clip is exported, since the export is physically trimmed to the length of the In/Out points.
In and Out points are metadata values that can be saved in an external metadata file or embedded into the clip as metadata. This functionality is independent of choosing to trim the file on export. You can set In/Out points in the Playback panel
or in the Basic Info metadata set
Tells BulletProof to embed metadata into the exported clips. This lets you transfer metadata that is stored in your footage, rather than relying on an external file to store the information.
This option is initially set to Ignore
and turned off. Choose Embed
to turn it on. NOTE: This option is hidden if the Resolution option is set to Original.
The metadata is embedded using the XMP format, which is read by applications like Premiere Pro
. XMP, or Extensible Metadata Platform, is a labeling technology by Adobe Systems Inc that allows you to embed metadata into the file itself.
Embedding is very important when you are exporting footage for use in Premiere Pro. To properly transfer metadata from BulletProof to Premiere, you must have Embed
turned on, and the Save
option set to Premiere Pro. Learn more in Exporting Metadata to Other Applications
Save project file
Tells BulletProof to save metadata in a separate XML file. This lets you transfer metadata to Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro 7, Final Cut Pro X or PluralEyes.
Choose the editing application that you want the exported XML file to work with. You can choose from Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Pro 7, Premiere Pro and PluralEyes. Learn more in Exporting Metadata to Other Applications
Append File Names menu
Adds a suffix to the file name of each clip in an export task. BulletProof is great for the easy export of masters, proxies and dailies. This option lets you choose a custom naming scheme for the exported clips.
The File Naming choices are:
- None. The default setting, which doesn’t append a name.
- _Exported. Helpful in identifying an exported clip against its original if you are keeping the same name.
- _Main. Good for marking a main file.
- _Proxy. Good for marking a proxy file.
- _Daily. Good for marking a daily.
- _[quality]. Labels the exported clip with the selected Quality setting. For example, “filename_prores.422.mov.”
- _[resolution]. Labels the exported clip with the selected Resolution setting. For example, “filmname_1080p.mov.”
NOTE: You can use _[resolution] or _[quality] to quickly identify clips without having to look at the clip properties. This is helpful if you are comparing export options, or have multiple exports of the same clips with only Resolution or Quality changes. This naming also lets you batch export, then arrange later by name to keep types of files organized.
- _[sequence (001)]. Labels the exported clip with sequence of numbers, starting with 001.
- _[catalog folder]. Labels the exported clip with the name of your catalog.
Save clips and project file option
This option sets the destination of the clips in an export task. Exported clips are automatically saved to the “Export” subfolder in the Catalog folder on your hard drive.
You can keep this default location or click to choose a new destination folder. A standard navigation window lets you add a custom folder.
Apply Color Settings switch
This option applies color adjustments to clips in an export task. You can export media with the choices that you set in the Color Settings panel
This option give you a simple switch to override the metadata for a specific export. Switch it on to tell BulletProof to bake in your color adjustments. Switch it off to ignore the color settings when you export. You probably don't want color on masters, but you may like color on dailies or proxies, depending on the way you work.
NOTE: This option is not available if the Resolution option is set to Original.
At left, Apply Color Settings is off. At right, once it's switched on, your color adjustments will preview.