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Dave Montague
Building the perfect DVD
on Jan 30, 2009 at 1:53:45 am

Ok, I am in Motion and I want to create the perfect DVD. I have Studio Pro 5 so I am ready to go. Please share with me what are the optimal setting for a good quality DVD:

1-What resolution should I use to compose in Motion? The video was shot in HD. I want this to play on everyone's DVD home player if possible but I do want it is HD.

2-What compressor Setting should I output these videos in?

Keep in mind I want a great quality DVD. I don't want to spend hours compressing at the highest resolution if I don't have to.

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Andy Neil
Re: Building the perfect DVD
on Jan 30, 2009 at 11:00:09 pm

Ok, I'm going to go ahead and assume you're talking about making an SD DVD as opposed to an HD-DVD or Blu-ray.

Given the fact that your final DVD will be 720x480 in size, your Motion graphics need not be any bigger than that. However, this doesn't mean that you should export your Motion project using a lossy codec like DV. Instead use the highest quality codec you can like Uncompressed 8 or 10bit.

DV codec is notoriously bad at handling gfx so stay away from it if you can.

Export a QT movie and then let Compressor do the MPEG compression. There are presets available for DVDs based on length of project.


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