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Andy Crowson
Reducing Project Size
on Mar 22, 2009 at 10:44:52 am

Hi,

I've just done a film project in Encore with about 1 gig of film content, but the project burn size comes to 5.5 gig after adding all the menus, which seems huge to me. Admittedly, there are quite a few menus, as I have 24 short films, but don't see how they can add up to this amount of space. Is there any way of reucing the size of the files so that the project can burn onto a single-layer disc?


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Jeff Bellune
Re: Reducing Project Size
on Mar 22, 2009 at 12:47:53 pm

The first thing you should do is check the DVD-ROM content part of the Build tab or Disc tab to see if you've inadvertently added any ROM content.

-Jeff

The Focal Easy Guide to Adobe Encore DVD 2.0


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Joe Bowden
Re: Reducing Project Size
on Mar 22, 2009 at 3:09:39 pm

And the next thing to check is the duration of all your video.

A 1 GB video file could be highly compressed with a different codec than used on DVD - all DVD-Video discs must be encoded MPEG-2 for DVD to play back properly in a DVD player.



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Andy Crowson
Re: Reducing Project Size
on Mar 22, 2009 at 3:35:04 pm

Thanks. The videos are in MPEG2 and come to about 50 minutes in duration. There's no cd-rom content either... What else could be taking up that amount of space?



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Joe Bowden
Re: Reducing Project Size
on Mar 22, 2009 at 4:10:57 pm

Have you checked for ROM content as Jeff mentioned?



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Andy Crowson
Re: Reducing Project Size
on Mar 22, 2009 at 5:43:03 pm

Yep, no ROM content that I can see...



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Joe Bowden
Re: Reducing Project Size
on Mar 22, 2009 at 5:52:41 pm

Do your MPEG-2 files contain audio? If so, either strip the audio out and import separately, or export elementary streams from your encoder.



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Andy Crowson
Re: Reducing Project Size
on Mar 22, 2009 at 6:10:35 pm

Yes, there is audio with the video on the MPEG2s - once the MPEG2 file is complete, can it 'grow in size' when you import it into another piece of software? I'll give it a go.


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Joe Bowden
Re: Reducing Project Size
on Mar 22, 2009 at 6:23:35 pm

Encore is trying to transcode the audio to make it DVD-legal. However, it also re-transcodes the video when it does this.

So do try stripping it to elementary streams and let us know what happens.



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eric pautsch
Re: Reducing Project Size
on Mar 22, 2009 at 6:51:19 pm

You said you had many menus? How many and are they motion menus? Whats the total length of them?





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Andy Crowson
Re: Reducing Project Size
on Mar 22, 2009 at 7:24:15 pm

From the main menu there are six submenus, and three of these have a further submenu, or 'continuing menu'. So 10 altogether.





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eric pautsch
Re: Reducing Project Size
on Mar 22, 2009 at 8:10:57 pm

are they motion menus?



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Andy Crowson
Re: Reducing Project Size
on Mar 22, 2009 at 8:39:10 pm

No. I started off by putting motion menus in, wth a 28 second audio and video MPEG2, but ended up creating my own blank menu templates, because there was some problem with the Encore templates I had chosen - in fact, I've had loads of problems with Encore in CS4... So they have nothing but a black background and most have six buttons with text beneath them.



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eric pautsch
Re: Reducing Project Size
on Mar 22, 2009 at 8:53:54 pm

Ok....do you have audio on the menus then?



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Andy Crowson
Re: Reducing Project Size
on Mar 22, 2009 at 9:18:45 pm

No. No audio, no video - just black backgrounds with six buttons (A couple with four) and a bit of text.



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