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No, there is no sweet spot for compression, whether it is on a camera or in encoding after the fact. The needed data rate depends heavily on the content being recorded and is a complex field, though the best bet to handle it simply is to try adjusting it and decide when it works for your needs. You can eventually get an idea of the quality from each ...


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The export settings you are using in Final Cut Pro X are preset Compressor settings and the export itself is actually using the Compressor engine (but with no user control). Compressor allows you control over those settings and to save your own custom presets. For instance, you may want to export an MPEG2 file with a particular bitrate, letterbox 16:9 ...


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I use Compressor for final outputs of my films, it does give a better end result due to the compression techniques. When you use the "Share" option from FCPX it uses the basic Quicktime compression and exporting options which only give a a few export formats to choose, mainly designed to work with apple products. Compressor does give you a lot more options ...



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