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Larry LockshawLooking for Best rendering settings
by on Jan 17, 2009 at 6:19:22 pm

New to everything. Using a Sony Z1 camera in HD
Sony Vegas pro 8
Project is 12 minutes long
(Most of my work is about 12-30 minutes long)
Burning on NERO Vision4

I just want to burn my projects on a DVD with the best possible resolution. I have been able to burn but I'm not happy with the
overall quality of the final product. It is not crystal clear like I'd expect. Have been trying various changes with only mixed results. Thanks for any help you can give me!

PROPERTIES: 720 X 480
Lower field first
Pixel Aspect: 1.2121
29.970 NTSC
Pixel format: 32 - bit (Should this be at 8 bit?)
Best
Gaussian
Deinterlace method: Blend fields (Is this right?)
RENDERING: Main Concept mpeg-2
Template: DVD NTSC video stream (I'm not using DVD
ARCH yet. I'm using NERO Vision4) Maybe this is my
problem. NERO has always worked great for me but am
missing out by not using DVD ARCH?)

What is the best template to be using for a 16:9 DVD?
NERO does work with the AUDIO rendered on a seperate
AC3 file. Is there an advantage of doing this?

CUSTOM: BEST
Output type: DVD (Should this be MPEG-2 or HDV?)
29.970
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 ???
720 x 480
I frame 15 B frames 2
Lower field first
Video quality 31 High
Variable Bit Rate max 9,500,000
avg 6,000,000
min 192,000
Audio: Include audio stream

Can you tell I'm messed up? I make myself laugh because I haven't a clue how bad off I really am.
Thanks for any help. -Larry



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Corey WhitleyRe: Looking for Best rendering settings
by on Jan 17, 2009 at 9:03:26 pm


Not sure if I can help, but I will try.

Did you say you are shooting in HD? Is it native 16:9? If so you may wish to change your project properties to HD 16:9. Also I would render using a default HD setting instead of 720 x 480.

Not sure if this will improve things but it seems like you may not be using the right settings for your export.

Corey Whitley


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Larry LockshawRe: Looking for Best rendering settings
by on Jan 18, 2009 at 5:08:24 pm

Thanks everyone for the help.

John Rofano - I tried your recommendations and was confident it was the magic bullet but I was quite surprized when the rendered product was poor in quality.
Corey Whitley recommended the default HD settings with HD 16:9 and that was much better however, I'm still not there. everything is not as sharp as it should be. Even the type graphics have a fuzzy
soft look.
Any recommendations to try to narrow down the problem?

The native footage is 16:9 in HDV.

I'll be gone for a few days but look forward to getting back to hear any ideas. Thanks in advance!



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John RofranoRe: Looking for Best rendering settings
by on Jan 18, 2009 at 6:20:22 pm

> Even the type graphics have a fuzzy soft look.

By "type graphics" do you mean text? Would this be text from generated media? What project properties were used when you added the generated media? This is why I suggested using a DV Widescreen project. I have seen text get blurry when I create it in an HD project and render as DV Widescreen. I now create my text at DV quality and I like the output much better because it's not getting resized from HD down to DV.

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasst.com



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Larry LockshawRe: Looking for Best rendering settings
by on Jan 19, 2009 at 1:45:50 am

Thanks John, I'll try that out.



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John RofranoRe: Looking for Best rendering settings
by on Jan 17, 2009 at 10:13:52 pm

I set my project up using the NTSC DV Widescreen (720x480, 29.970 fps) setting and I render with the MainConcept MPEG-2 type using the DVD Architect NTSC Widescreen video stream template and render the audio separately as AC-3 and I have no issues with the DVD output from my Sony Z1. No tweaking or anything. Just use the defaults templates provided by Sony. Nero should be fine with this and not need to re-encode or anything.

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasst.com



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Terry EsslingerRe: Looking for Best rendering settings
by on Jan 17, 2009 at 10:29:04 pm

And John, this is for HD (720x480?)



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John RofranoRe: Looking for Best rendering settings
by on Jan 17, 2009 at 11:04:04 pm

This is for taking the 1440x1080 HDV from my Sony Z1U down to an NTSC 720x480 Widescreen DVD.

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasst.com



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