I am trying to find the best compression from a Sony XDCAM timeline in FCP for a SD DVD. I've used the H2.64 at NTSC 16:9 and it worked great. Then I dropped that file into compressor and used a preset for converting the H2.64 file to an MPEG 2. It all works great but the only problem is that it is still a freaking huge file even after it is compressed to MPEG 2. I used 150 fastest encode for converting the H2.64 file. Is there another way I can compress the XDCAM timeline so that it is smaller but still good quality. Would love any help or suggestions.
I don't know the "best" way but I'll tell you how I've done it. Compressing into h.264 seems crazy, as you're going into a highly compressed format only to then go into another highly compressed format (mpeg2).
I would be surprised if DVD Studio Pro doesn't offer a way to downconvert into a 16:9 widescreen SD DVD.
If it doesn't, then I'd simply create an SD 16:9 ProRes sequence in FCP and render that out.