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Shiloh
Best Quality DVD compression?
on Jun 11, 2007 at 3:23:18 am

I am a beginner at compression. I am looking to achieve professional results encoding DVD from HDV and DV for commercial DVD releases. Encoding time is of no importance to me. Best Quality is my only concern.

Any tips from all you pros out there?

I edit in Final Cut on a Mac Pro, but I can run PC apps through Parallels.

Thank You for your time.

Shiloh


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Ben Waggoner
Re: Best Quality DVD compression?
on Jun 11, 2007 at 6:01:02 am

My favorite fire-and-forget encoding is Grass Valley ProCoder, which will run in parallels (although it'll run faster booted into bootcamp).

The latest version of Compressor fixes some long-time bugs around quality in 2-pass mode with fades. But when you really want to push bitrate down without getting blocky, ProCoder's my go-to tool.

If you really want to get hands on, CinemaCraft lets you do a lot of segment-based reencoding, but you need to be willing to put the time into it to get good results.

My compression blog: http://on10.net/blogs/benwagg/

My compression class at Stanford: http://digitalmediaacademy.org/courses/video-compression-training.html


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