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Blu-ray and Final Cut Studio

How to author Blu-ray discs with the new Final Cut Studio

By Richard Harrington | October 29, 2009

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There's a good chance that HD has become a major player (or even the only format) in your work. With the latest incarnation of Final Cut Studio, Apple offers several ways to deliver HD. You can of course go back to tape or create downloadable and streaming H.264 files. Most requested though, is the ability to create Blu-ray discs.

While Blu-ray did not appear in DVD Studio Pro, it has made its way into Final Cut Studio. There are three locations you can access within Final Cut Studio to create a Blu-ray disc. You can choose File > Share in Final Cut Pro to export a sequence or selected items from the Browser. You can use the Share command in Motion to export the current project. You can also add one or more items to Compressor and create a disc using the batch template feature.

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In this article, we'll explore techniques from the Apple Pro Training Series book: DVD Studio Pro 4 (3rd Edition). You can find out more here

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In order to create Blu-ray discs, you'll need to equip your Mac with a third-party Blu-ray burner. If you don't have access to a Blu-ray burner, you also can try creating an AVCHD disc by choosing your SuperDrive as the output device. Some Blu-ray players are capable of playing the AVCHD disc format. An AVCHD disc is a simple format that uses red laser media.

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