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Kirk Tutterrow
1920x1080 square pixels to DVD - looks crummy
on Sep 5, 2009 at 4:43:25 pm

Hi,

I have done some AE creations at 1920 x 1080 in square pixels. I was going to go to Blu-ray, but now I have to output to DVD. Issue is this, when compressing via Encore with output set to default Mpeg2-DVD at max bitrate, the text looks lame on a 43" plasma TV - jagged edges. It looks great on my 22" LCD monitor even at 200%. Is there something obvious I am missing or is it just the fact that DVD is not an HD format?

thanks,
Kirk


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Jon Geddes
Re: 1920x1080 square pixels to DVD - looks crummy
on Sep 6, 2009 at 1:37:28 pm

You are missing something, but it's not obvious. Adobe's software by default uses a horrible downscaling algorithm. You can read about it, with an alternate solution here:

http://www.precomposed.com/blog/2009/07/hd-to-sd-dvd-best-methods/

If you would like to just downscale it in Encore, you can get a little better quality by enabling the "Maximum Render Quailty" located in the transcode settings for the video asset. Right click on the video in the project panel, then go to "Transcode Settings". Then check the box next to "Use Maximum Render Quality". This will make the encode take much longer, but will provide you with a better looking downscale. For best results, you should use the method mentioned in the article I linked above.

Jon Geddes
http://www.precomposed.com


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