3.8. Exporting your film


When you are ready to export your film you are faced with quite a number of options. Usually, your editing software will have edited the film in a format based on the original footage you imported from your camera. Now, however, you must decide where it is going to be shown and output the file in a suitable format. If, for example, it will only be shown on mobile phones then it will need to be exported in a format that phones can understand and display. In fact, even for mobile phones it is possible that you’ll have to have more than one version as different phones read different formats.

I usually output the film to a high definition file and then use that file to make other versions for such distribution outlets as mobile screens, DVD or the internet. Some common formats are MP4 (used for Apple devices amongst others), WMV and AVI (both Windows® formats), Flash (used on different computer platforms but, at time of writing this, not iPhone compatible), DivX (a good quality small size format read by DivX player) and MOV (a high quality Apple format). Even within each of these formats there are different options to dictate the size of the file and the quality of the image. I find that MP4 works well on most computers and mobile devices with a Flash or AVI version for PCs that have trouble with MP4. I first export the film as a .MOV file and make my versions from that.

There is a lot of information on format options in the film maker forums online.


You have now completed the short film-making course and should have made a film. Congratulations!

Practical Assignment

Export your film in a format suitable for internet upload.