The current version of Final Cut Pro X provides a limited range of resolutions and frame rates for projects.
The trick: Create the timeline in a composite clip stored in an event.
Final Cut Pro X can open any QuickTime clip in its own timeline. Once you add effects, clips, transitions and titles, you can use the share menu to export the timeline as a QuickTime movie.
If you have footage at the size and frame rate you want to edit and export…
- Import the footage into an event.
- Duplicate the clip using the Duplicate Clip command from the File menu
- Use ‘Open in Timeline’ from the ‘Clip’ menu (or select it from the context pop-up menu by control- or right-clicking the clip).
- Edit away in Final Cut add other clips to the timeline
- Export a QuickTime file using the Share menu as normal.
Odd timeline for standard footage
You need to create a clip at the frame size and rate you want your odd timeline to be.
You can do this in Adobe Photoshop, QuickTime Player 7 Pro or MPEG Streamclip. I’ll use MPEG Streamclip in these instrcutions as it is a free download from Squared 5.
MPEG Streamclip can take any .jpg image and export it as a QuickTime movie. The content of the .jpg doesn’t matter, when you first open the movie in the timeline, you can delete the image once you start editing.
If the resolution you want is smaller than 2048 by 2048, then start MPEG Streamclip and open any .jpg image. Choose File -> Export to QuickTime and select the dimensions and frame rate you’d like:
If the resolution you want is more than 2048 by 2048, then you’ll need a source .jpg image at the correct size to import into MPEG Streamclip.
Open any .jpg image in Preview. Use Tools -> Adjust Size to set the dimensions you need:
Once you have your 1-frame QuickTime movie, import it into a Final Cut Pro X event. Control- or Right-click it and choose ‘Open in Timeline’ from the pop-up menu:
Add some content to the timeline, such as a title. Go to the first clip in the timeline, which will be the source image you imported into MPEG Streamclip with a duration of one frame. Delete it.
Editing the timeline of a clip converts it into a Compound Clip. Compound clip timelines can be exported as QuickTime movies using the Share menu as normal. You can rename the clip at any time in the event and use File -> Duplicate Clip to make backup copies.