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Eric HansenCompressor encoding vs. Sonic hardware encoding
by on Aug 1, 2007 at 11:14:07 pm

i searched this topic and found people discussing it about a year and a half ago with Compressor 2, but an answer wasnt really reached.

we are about to send our 60min HDCAM (1080i60) movie off to author and i'm wondering if i should encode it with my new Compressor 3.0.1, or send an HDCAM master to be encoded by a Sonic HD encoder (the DVD is SD 16:9).

my DVD author last year told me that the Sonic encoder is better than software at low bitrates, so we encoded the DVD Extras from BetaSP masters. but i'm wondering if the movie at around 5-6Mbps would be high enough of a bitrate that the Sonic transfer vs. Compressor encode wouldnt be noticable.

we're talking about a $1000-2000 and 2 days of shipping time saved with Compressor, so i'm wondering what people's opinions are. thanks much!

e

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