Hi there. I have been creating DVD's for clients using Encore and have noticed that the time it takes to burn/build a standard DVD takes a significant amount of time, and I'm wondering if this is normal. Here is what's been happening: a 60-minute project being burned to a standard DVD takes over 6 hours to burn! At first I thought this was normal, until one day I went to burn a similar disc and 5 minutes later it was complete! I have no idea what I did differently, all my export settings are the same. Could it be a system/memory issue? My system is: Macbook Pro with 8GB RAM (if that matters), with 60-minute timeline dynamically linked from Premiere Pro. The Premiere Pro timeline is set at 1080p, but the DVD is standard definition. Does it take Encore extra time to down-convert hi-res footage to standard definition, rather than if I created the project in a standard definition sequence? Why might my system take different amounts of time to encode the same DVD (6 hours vs. 5 minutes?) Any help regarding this issue would be immensely helpful. Thank you.
The 6 hours sounds about right. If you don't make the necessary m2v and ac3 streams, Encore has to encode your Premiere sequence. Encore has to virtually take your sequence and make it's own stream for it to recognize. So to eliminate the time, try making DVD streams, import those into your Encore project, the time should decrease significantly.
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