The only thing necessary is an upgrade of your free QuickTime player to QuickTime Pro ($30). (For the record, I’m not being paid by Apple for this…)
Apple has a great tutorial on the process.
For Avid, right-click on the sequence you want to convert, and select “export.”
Select where to save the file, and make sure the Export Settings are set to “Fast-Export QuickTime NTSC.”
This will produce an uncompressed .mov file that is roughly 200mb per minute (a rather large file).
Open the exported file in QuickTime Pro (this requires an upgrade of your free QuickTime player http://www.apple.com/quicktime/pro/)
At this point, export the file using the instructions from Apple.
One more thing… because most of us edit stories in 2 channels, and don’t really utilize the stereo effect, it is best to compress your stories in MONO. Otherwise, your reporter will be over on the left speaker, and the interviews will be on the right.
Hope that helps everyone produce beautiful entries for the b-roll.net AWARDS.