Sometimes you get to be the star.

Sometime you’re the director of the movie you’ve always dreamed of making.

And sometimes, you get stuck with the crap jobs.

Not that making a BluRay is crap (in fact, it will make your movie look better than ever), but the process is often involved with a lot of tedium and frustrating Rube Goldbergs. But you’ve finally finished your movie and it’s looking dazzling and sexy, and you want to share the hell out of it. How do you get the world to see your new fancy film in the quality that best suits all the time and effort and high-res?

Make a BluRay. There are various ways to make BluRays and various software will tell you how to do it. However, in my experience, they are all a little glitchy; they’re sometimes quirky because of the burner that you are burning to, sometimes because of the software, and sometimes just because it’s Murphy’s Law. The last is especially true when a “very important person” who could “change the life of the film” wants to see your film right now, wait, sooner than now.

There is a back-end way of using a built in setting in Final Cut Pro 7 that will make this all a breeze. Time consuming? Depends on your setup. But it will work, as long as you have time to setup the compression output from FCP and then time to burn the DVD/BluRay.

This way of doing it basically burns the High Definition Image into a quicktime –  into a format that can be burned onto a DVD. A normal DVD image would only be SD, but this method burns the HD image onto a normal DVD. We have used this method to exhibit our films in Theaters, and we have been very happy with the results.

Step by Step:

1. From the timeline of Final Cut Pro 7, go to FILE → Share.

2. FCP will prompt you, asking what you’d like to do: select Blu-Ray, and click “Create Blu-Ray disc, enter in your destination, titles etc. FCP will compress the file in an HD format (approximate time: 2-12 hours depending on your system speed, yes it takes that long grrrr) and then it will ask you to “insert disk.”

3. Insert the DVD and it will automatically start burning the DVD with the Blu-ray file. (approximate time: 15-60 min) Once one DVD has burned, it will eject automatically, and if you like, you may continue to burn multiple DVD’s by inserting the next DVD and clicking “Burn Again” as long as you don’t exit the automation. If you do, you will need to start the compression again from within FCP, for this streamlined process.

Note: A professional BluRay will ultimately be more stable, the image of higher quality from a technical perspective due to the multiple burns in the BluRay Process, but for a fast, easy way, it’s hard to beat. You’ll never notice the difference.

*Extra points if you get the pun in the picture.