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brian patersonBlu-Ray on normal DVDs
by on Apr 29, 2012 at 10:51:42 pm

Hi, I make wedding videos and have had my first request for the finished film to be Blu-Ray. I don't possess a blu-ray burner and as I am closing my business and this will be my last job then I do not want to spend a lot of money on hardware I will never use again. I recently saw an article that said I can burn HD video to a normal DVD using toast with their Blu-ray disc plug in. Does anyone know anything about this.
My recorded footage is on: Sony Ex1 , shot- HQ 1920/50i, edited in FCP7, pro-res timeline. My computer is an iMac and I burn my DVDs on a sony external DVD writer.
My question is - does this really work and what quality could I expect. Also as everything seems to have it's pitfalls I wondered what they would be in this case. Any thoughts, advice or insight as to the working process on this would be much appreciated. Regards BRIAN

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Juan SalvoRe: Blu-Ray on normal DVDs
by on Apr 29, 2012 at 10:54:29 pm

Yes, Toast make an AVCHD disc. It can burn these onto a DVD5/9 and most players can handle it. As long as your content is short enough should work fine.

You can do the same thing through Compressor.

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brian patersonRe: Blu-Ray on normal DVDs
by on Apr 30, 2012 at 12:25:43 am

Thank you for Juan your reply. Do you know if the quality is as good as that of a blu-ray disc made with a dedicated burner. I normally only make DVDs using iDVD. I output a disc image which I use in conjunction with toast to burn the disc. Can I do the same with burning an AVCHD disc or do I have to output a blu-ray file first using something like compressor. Is there a recognized standard working practice that is best.
Finally how short should the content be to work fine. I read somewhere that a standard disc could hold up to 1hour but 40 minutes was the recommended max. after which quality would suffer.
Finally one last question - when I make a normal DVD from 50i footage I never deinterlace and on a normal television there are no jaggies. However, never having made a disc to be played on a blu-ray player to be shown on a high def television set I don't know how it will look if I do not deinterlace. Will I see jaggies if i do not deinterlace or will it be smoothed out in the same way that a normal TV does.
I would do some tests myself if I had a blue ray player and high def TV but sadly I do not.
Many Thanks BRIAN

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Steve EisenRe: Blu-Ray on normal DVDs
by on Apr 30, 2012 at 12:40:12 am

[brian paterson] "Do you know if the quality is as good as that of a blu-ray disc made with a dedicated burner"

No.

[brian paterson] "Finally how short should the content be to work fine"

20-30 minutes.

[brian paterson] "I would do some tests myself if I had a blue ray player and high def TV but sadly I do not"

Find someone that does.

"Fast Path to Blu-ray"
http://www.amazon.com/Fast-Path-Blu-ray-Bruce-Nazarian/dp/0970721854

Worst case scenario, create a "Digital Copy" for them for their iPad/iPhone/Computer.

Steve Eisen
Eisen Video Productions
Vice President
Chicago Final Cut Pro Users Group


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eric pautschRe: Blu-Ray on normal DVDs
by on Apr 30, 2012 at 7:27:56 pm

Expect playback to spotty if it plays at all on older Players. But since youre leaving the business who cares? :) Seriously, the best way would be to borrow or hire someone with a burner.



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brian patersonRe: Blu-Ray on normal DVDs
by on May 1, 2012 at 9:29:57 am

Thank you for the advice.
I don't know of any one who has a blu-ray burner but with some research I may be able get access to one.
Another thought regarding the toast plug in- will allow burning to a blue ray disc ( which obviously can hold a lot more information ) I can't find any information which says it won't do this, only info about burning to DVD.
Thanks once again. Brian

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