One of the great things about digital video is the large and growing number of devices that can make use of it. Studio lets you create versions of your movie for whatever video viewers your audience will be using, from hand-held DivX players and mobile phones to HDTV home theaters.
When you have finished editing your project, open the Exporter by pressing the Export button at the top of the screen. With a few clicks you can tell the Exporter everything it needs to know to output your movie in the format that best fits your requirements.
The Exporter. The tabs at left let you save to file, disc or the Internet. Other controls let you set output options as needed for the chosen media type. At bottom right the available space on the output device is displayed.
Begin by selecting the media type of your finished movie from the tabs at the left side of the window: Disc, File or Web.
File output creates files that can be viewed from your hard drive, your web-site, your portable movie player, or even your mobile phone.
Disc output lets you copy a movie onto a recordable disc in your computer’s CD, DVD or Blu-ray recorder (also called a ‘burner’). You can also direct the Exporter to create a copy, or ‘image’, of the disc on your hard drive, without actually burning it.
Web output creates a file for uploading to YouTube or Yahoo! Video. On these popular websites, your work has a potential audience of millions.
Output can be configured quickly within each media type using the dropdown lists in the Settings panel.
If you need hands-on control, click the Advanced button to open a panel of options for the media type. When you have confirmed your settings, click either the Create Image or the Burn Disc buttons to output in disc format, or the Start Export button to begin saving as a file or to the Web.
Output buttons at the bottom of the Exporter window.
Before your movie is completely ready for output some preprocessing will usually be required. In general, Avid Studio will need to ‘render’ (generate video frames in the output format for) any transitions, titles, disc menus and video effects you’ve added to your movie. Any files generated during the rendering process are stored in the auxiliary files folder, whose location you can set in the application settings window.
For output to file or to the Web, you have the option of exporting only a selected portion of your movie. Adjust the calipers in the Player to indicate which part of the movie you want to export.
Output to file or the Web can be delimited at one end or both by trim calipers on the Player time-ruler.