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robert white
Which settings to create Motion 3 file for use on DVD?
on Jan 15, 2010 at 9:26:45 pm

Hey all!

I will be creating a Motion 3 file to be included on DVD. The DVD will be watched mostly on both standard def and high def TVs. A few will watch using a computer on the internet. Blu-ray is NOT an option at this time.

This Motion file will consist entirely of graphics, text, and voiceovers - NO video from a camcorder.

From prior research, I seem to remember that progressive (vs. interlaced) camcorder footage looks better on standard def TVs and that progressive is the best format to put on a DVD. Correct me if I'm wrong.

However, when looking at the available choices to create a new Motion file, I don’t see the option of progressive or interlaced.

Would a progressive choice be best? If so, how do I select progressive when creating a new Motion 3 file?

Will 23.98 fps have advantages for DVD delivery in addition to 1) Smaller file size than 30 fps, and 2) The slight flicker of the film look?

The project properties window also gives options for:

Pixel aspect ratio: square, or NTSC or HD options
Field order: none, upper, or lower

Which of the above would be best for my project? Does one need to create two versions - one for TV viewing and one for internet computer viewing (due to the square vs rectangular pixel issue)?

Thanks in advance for your recommendations!


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Mark Spencer
Re: Which settings to create Motion 3 file for use on DVD?
on Jan 15, 2010 at 9:59:01 pm

If you are making a standard definition DVD, you have to use a resolution of 720x480, you don't have a choice. So I'd start with the NTSC-DV preset, duplicate it (in Prefs), make the PAR 1, the frame rate 23.98, and you should be good to go. If you want it to be widescreen, check the Anamorphic checkbox. You can then import that project file into DVDSP for creating the elementary streams for muxing.

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Mark Spencer
Freelance Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
Apple-certified Master Trainer
Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press
http://www.applemotion.net


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robert white
Re: Which settings to create Motion 3 file for use on DVD?
on Jan 16, 2010 at 3:12:57 am

Hey Mark - I have several of your Apple Pro Training books - good stuff.

Yes, the DVD will be standard def 720 x 480.

I'm still wondering, though, if there's a progressive or interlaced option when creating a Motion 3 file. When talking about video footage, isn't there a standard def option of progressive? I know that the Panasonic DVX100 camcorder shoots 24p (progressive) video. So wouldn't there be a standard def, NTSC option to create a progressive Motion 3 file?


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Mark Spencer
Re: Which settings to create Motion 3 file for use on DVD?
on Jan 16, 2010 at 5:50:01 am

Sure - Edit > Project Properties. Or set it up in the preset.

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Mark Spencer
Freelance Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
Apple-certified Master Trainer
Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press
http://www.applemotion.net


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robert white
Re: Which settings to create Motion 3 file for use on DVD?
on Jan 16, 2010 at 9:47:51 am


Does a frame rate of 23.98 automatically mean progressive? Otherwise, I've checked again, and I don't see any progressive option when creating a standard def file. Where is the progressive option that you're seeing? : )

I do see high def options that include a p, such as 720p and 1080p. But no standard def options that include a p.


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Mark Spencer
Re: Which settings to create Motion 3 file for use on DVD?
on Jan 16, 2010 at 6:13:37 pm

Right, 23.98 is always progressive.

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Mark Spencer
Freelance Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
Apple-certified Master Trainer
Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press
http://www.applemotion.net


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robert white
Re: Which settings to create Motion 3 file for use on DVD?
on Jan 16, 2010 at 7:39:31 pm

Thanks Mark!


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B.J. Ahlen
Re: Which settings to create Motion 3 file for use on DVD?
on Jan 17, 2010 at 5:12:22 am

[Mark Spencer] "start with the NTSC-DV preset"

Won't that give him 4:1:1 color sampling, which when rendered to the 4:2:0 of the DVD MPEG-2 becomes 4:1:0, cutting the maximum DVD color resolution in half?


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Mark Spencer
Re: Which settings to create Motion 3 file for use on DVD?
on Jan 17, 2010 at 5:27:08 am

No - the Motion preset doesn't determine the codec, just the frame size, PAR, frame rate. The codec is set on export.

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Mark Spencer
Freelance Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
Apple-certified Master Trainer
Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press
http://www.applemotion.net


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