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Make A Final Cut Pro Movie Into MPEG-2 For DVD Studio Pro

April 3rd, 2007 · 7 Comments

My client has a trailer she made for her film and wants to put it on a DVD without a menu. Just a simple DVD that plays the trailer as soon as she puts it in a DVD player. If only everything was that easy… I will list two ways to do this and it is completely up to you, the user, which method you want to use.

So you exported the file from Final Cut Pro as a self contained file. I will list the two ways to encode the file then I will show you how to make a simple DVD that plays the trailer without menus.

1) This is the easiest way to encode a FCP movie file to MPEG-2. In DVD Studio Pro click on the Import button located on the top of the bottom left window.

Select the FCP movie and Import it into DVD Studio Pro.

DVD Studio Pro will encode the media file for you automatically. Which is perfectly fine if you have a project that doesn’t require you to alter the MPEG-2 file because of time length or quality.

2) Open Compressor 2. Grab your FCP Movie File and drop it into the Batch Window. Next to your file is a pull down box.


Click on it and select New Default Setting—>MPEG-2.


Click on the pull down box again and select Audio Formats—->Dolby 2.0


Select the Default MPEG-2 in the Batch Window and notice in the Inspector Window you can now manually control how you want to encode the MPEG-2.


Most of the settings are fine, click on the Quality tab in the inspector. Select Two Pass VBR Best from the pull down menu next to Mode. The slider under Average Bit Rate is where you can control how the MPEG-2 will be encoded as far as time. Move it up will increase the file size and quality of MPEG-2. Slide it down and you can encode it at a lower bit rate which will allow you to have a longer MPEG-2 file to import into your project. This is helpful when your project is longer in time than the defaults in the Settings Menu.


Click on the Save As… button and enter a name for your new setting.


Select the Dolby 2.0 in the Batch Window to open it up in the Inspector Window. This is where you can customize the audio as well. I prefer the default settings but wanted to show you how to customize your audio as well. It is better to encode your audio to .ac3 or Dolby 2.0 in Compressor as compared to dumping the file in DVD Studio Pro which automatically compresses it to QuickTime Audio as a larger file size.


Click the submit button and Compressor will encode your FCP Project into a customized MPEG-2.

DVD Studio Pro

If you used Compressor to encode, import the footage into DVD Studio Pro. The next part is universal, regardless which method you used. Select both the Video and Audio in the Asset window and drag and drop it to the right, onto the Timeline Track.

Next is to select your DVD in the Outline Tab.

That will select the DVD in the Inspector Window. Underneath the Name of your DVD is a dropdown menu for First Play. Select Tracks and Stories/Track 1/Chapter 1.

You just told the DVD to play the track that you placed the MPEG-2 in. No menu needed. Now select Build from the top toolbar.

It will ask you for a folder to choose. Create a new folder and name it trailer or whatever you want. Click OK. It will make you DVD in that folder. To test it to see if it worked open Apple’s DVD Player located in your Applications Folder. Once DVD Player is open, go to File—>Open and select the folder you just named, you will see two more folders. Select the VIDEO_TS Folder and hit Choose. If your trailer begins to play, it works.

Go back to DVD Studio Pro and Click on Format from the top toolbar. That will open a new menu. Everything should be set up for you to put a DVD in your computer and click the Burn button. If by chance under Source the Location bar is empty click on Choose… button and find the folder where you Built the DVD in the last step and select it. Now you can burn the Disc.

Whew… That was a long post. Sorry about that. I’m tired and going to bed… Any questions?

Tags: Apple · DVD · Final Cut Pro · Tips

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 movie rentals » Make A Final Cut Pro Movie Into MPEG-2 For DVD Studio Pro // Apr 4, 2007 at 1:33 am

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  • 2 Eliot // Apr 7, 2007 at 7:48 am

    Nice tutorial!
    So far I’ve made three DVDs with a process similar to your first option. However, I used a Quicktime reference movie instead of a self-contained file to save on disk space. I find these usually break once I trash my renders, but they seem to work just fine as intermediate files.

    I also tend to add a minimal menu with the film title, a still frame, and the option to play the film again. This comes up after the film has already played. I think it’s nicer than having it just loop (which is the default behavior for the Avid DVD software.) Does your method just make the DVD stop when it’s done playing?

    Anyway, thanks for writing this up and for the great screenshots! I think the Compressor tips will come in handy the next time I have to encode a longer film.

  • 3 Andy Coon // Apr 7, 2007 at 8:30 pm

    I don’t like to use QuickTime reference because I know if I change one thing in the project I have to do it again… Personal choice.

    In this tutorial I didn’t give the track a command to stop or loop when it ends. DVD Studio Pro has nothing set for the track after it finishes, so the DVD will just stop. You could select the track and in the inspector select the pull down menu next to End Jump: and select the track again to make it loop.

    I only use compressor when it comes to encoding, something I learned from a seasoned professional. Thanks for the feedback and if you have any suggestions on what you would like to learn go ahead and email me.


  • 4 Diego Rugiero // Sep 4, 2008 at 10:29 am

    Hi, this is Diego, I need some help with the fields (lower even, upper, progressive)… When I export from FCP my project to DVD, there is a lot of flickering in the image.

    Would you explain more about the fields and how to use it? Thanks a lot,


  • 5 Andy Coon // Sep 4, 2008 at 10:45 am


    There are two ways you can fix that problem.

    1) Before you encode your video in Compressor, select the MPEG-2 video.

    In the inspector select the filters tab and check the Deinterlacing box. Select Odd from the drop down menu.

    Continue to encode from there.

    2) In FCP. Before you export your project form FCP, go into the effects tab and under the Video Filters folder go to the Video Folder and grab the De-Interlace filter and apply it to your whole video.

    Open the video in the veiwer and open the filters tab and select Lower (Even) from the drop down menu of the De-Interlace filter.

    Export the file and continue that should fix it.

  • 6 Diego Rugiero // Sep 4, 2008 at 11:00 am

    Awesome data! thanks a lot,


  • 7 sowmya // May 3, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    hey grt explaination there… fantastic step by step manual … i am a bit of a beginner with the fcp and am learning… its a grt set of instructions even for absolute beginners i would say. thnnx for the post. really helpful for me

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