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May 30, 2012 / Randy Coppinger

ProTools: Bounce to Quicktime Movie with Full Options

Apparently this has been one of the best kept secrets among post production ProTools users: before you execute a “Bounce to” > “QuickTime Movie…” command, hold down Control-Option-Command.

You will get a different dialog box that includes an “Options…” button.

Click Options and you can manipulate a wide variety of QuickTime specifications for a video file: video codec, frame rate, dimensions; audio format, sample rate, bits, channel configuration; and file streaming optimization.

If you work to picture and need to kick out a different format, this can save you having to work in another application.

As of ProTools 7.2 you’ve been able to do this trick. And apparently it’s been documented on the duc since at least 2006.

I’ve never seen this key combo in any official documentation. I’m not sure why more people haven’t spread the word about it.

Well now you know. And knowing is half the battle.

See also- Conflict: ProTools and Spotlight Indexing, ProTools + H.264 video = Problem, ProTools Sync: The Short Video Problem

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  1. Seth B H / Oct 13 2013 8:35 pm

    All I can say is thank you and wow!

  2. Emmet OD / Jun 2 2014 11:29 am

    Brilliant Tip. Saved my backside!

  3. Luiz / Oct 16 2014 8:47 pm

    Hello My video comes out without any audio! What do you think it could be? Maybe wrong type of compression??? I use a PC, protools 10.

    • Randy Coppinger / Oct 22 2014 11:00 pm

      Whenever that happens to me I have usually assigned the audio to a different output than the one I used in the Bounce.

  4. Daniel Ramírez / Mar 8 2016 10:25 pm

    Hi. I tried this option, but takes YEARS o bounce! A 7 minutes video took around 4 hours to bounce. It says (Pass: V1 A0) and it’s super slow. Is there a way to bounce more quicly?

    Thank you!

    • Randy Coppinger / Mar 9 2016 12:07 am

      Some possible solutions: use a simpler video codec, buy a more powerful computer, get faster drives, and/or optimize your system. Best wishes.

  5. John / Oct 19 2018 12:24 pm

    October 19, 2018, and wow, I never knew, and it took me over an hour on google to find this page. While it spares me a different step (converting with MPEG Streamclip), it sadly doesn’t answer my main question, which is why can’t I set the audio for the QuickTime to bounce at 24-bit instead of 16-bit? My Pro Tools session is 24-bit. All of my sound is 24-bit. But it won’t output in 24-bit. And on top of that, there’s no dither option (which should technically be there if you’re downgrading the bit-depth). If anyone can answer this, that would be amazing. And thanks nonetheless!


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