Hi all. I was wondering if it's possible to control motion menu bitrate in Encore 2.0. I have verified that Encore encodes all motion menus at CBR 8.0 mbps regardless any setting you set. I pick-whip a menu's "Audio" to a background song, and then Animate Buttons. In Preferences, I also made sure that in Encoding, the "Max Automatic Transcoding Bitrate" is 7.0 mbps. Yet in the end, the generated motion menu is still at 8.0 mbps. I've verified it's 8.0 mbps by going to the subfolder SourcesMenus and checking the MPG sizes.
I have tons of motion menus and it's very space-consuming if they're all 8.0 mbps.
You have no control over motion menu bit rate encoding within Encore itself - it is fully automatic, with no user settings.
But you could encode your own menu background to MPEG-2 elsewhere, and then as long as your menu PSD consists only of button layer sets with highlight layers (no other layers), then Encore won't composite it and re-encode it at 8 Mbps.
Thanks Joe. Unfortunately I have a bunch of video show-through buttons for chapters. The chapters are automatically made into those video buttons when you link the button to the chapter. This process in Premiere would involve selecting and cutting clips from each chapter, then using a filter to resize them, then line them up and position them, and add a feathering effect. A bit tedious for 27 chapters.
All assets have Transcode Settings. Motion menus are the lone exception. Is there something technological that Adobe can't get past? Is there something inherently special about motion menus that Transcode Settings couldn't be implemented? (maybe a DVD spec that limits it to 8mbps?)