I am having some trouble encoding an HDV film I shoot. I have edited in FCP5 and have tried using compressor, bitvice, and quicktime on reference and self contained quicktime movies. I seem to be getting the same results of...I guess you would call it banding...artifacts. Does anyone have any suggestions or recommended settings that would give me better results? I am a little bummed because the footage looks so great.
Video shot on Sony Z1 at NTSC 60i 1080
Edited in FCP5 HDV native
CPU is G5 dual 2 gig 2gb ram
encoders tried Compressor, QT, Bitvice all the latest versions
I assume you are encoding for DVD because you mentioned BitVice.
For encoding of High-Def sources, especially to a Standard-Def size, I really like the MainConcept Mac Encoder. It is very fast and the streams it produces are very reliable. Also, if you need and require the utmost control over your image, then you really should look into Compression Master 3.1. It has a new 2-pass MPEG-2 encoder that does a pretty good job, and when combined with its preprocessing and filtering capabilities, CM 3.1 shines for HD sources.