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Ben Popik
Scaling Blu-Ray projects to DVDs
on Sep 14, 2013 at 9:28:40 pm

I need to build both a Blu-Ray version and DVD version of a film (complete with menus and bonus features and all that good stuff). I've read that if you build your Blu-Ray, Encore can then scale everything to output to DVD -- has anyone tried this?

I'm curious to know what kind of quality loss would be suffered by going that route (instead of just rebuilding everything at the appropriate size for DVD and reburning).

Thanks for your help!


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David Rehm
Re: Scaling Blu-Ray projects to DVDs
on Sep 19, 2013 at 12:29:42 am

Hi Ben,
The results will not be good. Encore (as well as Apple's Compressor) cannot scale HD footage to SD (Standard Definition) and retain professional quality results. I now use CS5.5 and edited my first ever HD project earlier this year. I brought it into Encore and not only were the quality results really bad but it took FOREVER to render. I mean it took all night for this thing to render. I went to bed and woke up and it's still rendering.

I found this method online and you will not be disappointed. The process looks intimidating and a pain but it is many times quicker than letting Adobe do the work. The quality results will be of professional quality.

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

Here's a companion article
http://www.precomposed.com/blog/2010/10/hd-to-sd-dvd-cs5-revisited/

Also - Jeff Bellune has a video guiding you through this process
http://bellunevideo.com/tutdetail.php?tutid=12

Again - it will look like a big mess to perform the steps - but after doing it a few times it becomes second nature.

David


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