The best way to compress your video using FCP X is to send the file to Compressor, then adjust the compression settings there. (Compressor can be purchased from the Mac App Store.) Compressor gives much more fine-grained control over your video’s export settings than FCP X alone.
If you don’t have Compressor, you can export the file directly from FCP X, but you’ll have less control over the settings, and your video might not be optimized for uploading to Vimeo.
If you choose to export your video directly from FCP X, you may want to use a free program like Handbrake or MPEG Streamclip to further tweak your compression settings to optimize your video for Vimeo.
Please use the following instructions when transcoding your video with FCP X:
- Highlight your final sequence.
- Go to File > Share to Compressor...
- If you're using Compressor 4.1.1, read this tutorial for further instructions. If you're using Compressor 3.5, read this tutorial.
- Go to File > Share > Add Destination...
- In the Destinations menu, select Add Destination, then double-click "Export File."
- Select the following options:
Video and Audio
- Video codec
- Include chapter markers
- You can name this Destination by double-clicking on it in the sidebar and typing in the new name (for example: "Vimeo Export").
- Leave the Destinations menu. Highlight your final sequence.
- Go to File > Share > Export File... (or select the name you gave your Destination).
- The export will begin. You can track its progress in FCPX's center module.
- Recommended: Once the export is complete, use Handbrake or MPEG Streamclip to tweak compression settings prior to uploading to Vimeo.
- View your finished, compressed file to make sure it looks and sounds correct — then upload it to Vimeo! Questions about uploading?