I've always used the bit-rate calculator at GuyGraphics.com to calculate my settings based on the minutes that I want to put on a DVD, but somehow it's coming up wrong now. Either that or I'm doing something wrong.
The DVD is just for high school football games, so I don't have to have the highest possible quality. I've got 147 minutes to put on a dual-layer disc. The calculator gives me a calculated bit-rate average of 8130 kbits (audio at 192). My settings in Premiere CS5 for the MPEG2 export were:
minimum Mbps 7
Target 7.5 Mbps
Max 8.25 Mbps
Granted, the MAX is too high, but I thought that the Target of 7.5 would keep me well under the max. What am I overlooking? Isn't the conversion from kbits to Mpbs just a factor of 1000?