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Exporting

There is certainly a joy to working on a general-purpose computer instead of a dedicated graphics workstation. You always have the ability to quickly export a frame from the video application, tweak it in a graphics program, and import it back. You no longer need to call the graphics department at the last minute to make the minor changes that are inevitable as the deadlines get closer. It makes it easy to take any frame and use it as a background, do some simple rotoscoping (painting on the video frame by frame), or isolate parts of a frame with an alpha channel. The trap, of course, is that you will always be counted on to do this once you have shown how easy it is!

Export Templates

Since exporting usually is done with only a handful of the potential formats, most people find the export formats that suit them and ignore the rest. There is also a pattern to the type of exports; users find the video format or the graphic format they prefer and stick with it. It makes sense then to take the settings that are used in exporting most often and save them as templates. You can create and save these templates as user settings so you can take them with you from job to job with the assurance that you will always get the export right if you make the templates right. It is also great for experienced editors to make them for their less-experienced colleagues or assistants, who can use them with an extra level of confidence knowing that they will be correct.


  

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