Steps To Get From Final Cut Pro or iMovie to Pegmedia mpg Format

Method One. Using Compressor

  1. Export from Final Cut using Compressor. If you use a preset choose the DVD Best Quality 90 minutes setting. You want to generate an Mpeg video file (with an .m2v extension) and an audio file (with an .aiff extension). Make sure they have the exact same name except for the extension, it is very important that they match.
  2. Open the ".m2v" file in Streamclip (http://www.squared5.com/)(a free program) and since the aiff file was named the same as the m2v file in the previous step, it will be brought in as well. Once it is loaded try playing it to see if it looks OK and the audio is OK. The last step is to export from Streamclip by going to the File menu and selecting "Convert to Mpeg Video with MP2 Audio".
  3. You are done. You should now have a file with a ".mpeg" extension and it will have mpeg video with the audio combined and ready for Pegmedia. If you wish, this file can be renamed with a .mpg format at this time.

Method Two. If you don't have Compressor

If you don't have Final Cut or Compressor or just don't want to use Compressor you can do the following.

  1. Edit in iMovie. Assuming you are editing DV footage then export using DV-NTSC as the export setting.
  2. Drop the resulting movie into iDVD and choose any theme that you want. Again it isn't important.
  3. Under the File Menu choose "Save as Video_TS folder".
  4. Go into the Video_TS folder and open the "VTS_01_1.VOB" file with a free program called "Mpeg Streamclip" (http://www.squared5.com) As it opens your file it will ask you a question about opening as a DVD and just say "yes" or "OK".
  5. The last step is to export from Streamclip by going to the File menu and selecting "Convert to Mpeg Video with MP2 Audio".
  6. You should now have a file with a ".mpeg" extension and it will have mpeg video with the audio combined and ready for Pegmedia. At this point, if you wish, the extension can be changed to .mpg.