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Adam White
Best Bitrate for H.264 HD Video included in DVD-ROM
on Feb 13, 2010 at 8:48:43 pm

Hello CC Experts,

I'm preparing preview copies of a short film, to be distributed to various festivals over the coming months.

I'm sending Standard Definition DVD's (not yet geared up for Blu-Ray and HD-DVD is now a defunct format) but will also be including some DVD-Rom content on the disc. This will include Press Packs and High-Resolution still from the film, and I'm hoping to also add in a High Definition .MOV of the film itself.

H.264 seems to be the best compression method for this (widely accessible to end-viewer; great image quality and small file sizes), but I was wondering what birate you would recommend? Image quality is hugely important - but I don't want to set the bitrate too high and cause the video to choke the DVD-Drive of a computer when viewed. From Compressor, I see that the max. Bitrate for H.264 files encoded for Blu-Ray is 30,000kbps - is this a good rule of thumb to go by or am I way off track? By the way - I have just over 3GB available space on the DVD-R for the HD Video, and the film is just over 10 Minutes so file size isn't a big concern.

Thanks in advance for any advice!


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Rich Rubasch
Re: Best Bitrate for H.264 HD Video included in DVD-ROM
on Feb 13, 2010 at 9:47:45 pm

What frame size are you going to shoot for? This will sort of determine what bitrate you will want to hit. I would doubt that off a standard DVD disc that much over 5 megabits would play well.

As for making a nice looking BluRay disc for those that can play them Toast 10 is a very simple way to make a standard BluRay disc burned onto a standard DVD-
R disc. It's very easy to do and looks great. Don't use menus and make the disc a first-play and you will have nearly 100% compatibility.

Good luck with the film.

Rich Rubasch
Tilt Media Inc.
Video Production and Post
Owner/President/Editor/Designer/Animator
http://www.tiltmedia.com


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Adam White
Re: Best Bitrate for H.264 HD Video included in DVD-ROM
on Feb 13, 2010 at 10:38:58 pm

Thanks for your response, Rich.

With an upper limit of 5 Megabits - I think I'll probably just give this a miss, then. It isn't required by any of the festivals we've got lined up - I was only going to do it as an extra.

However - your suggestion to use Toast may very well come in handy later down the line. I'm only on a iMac with Standard DVD drive, though - won't I need an external BluRay burner to make a BR disc?

Thanks for your input - really appreciate it. Nice showreel at Tilt Media btw - I'm on the other side of the pond, so it's nice to see how the BBC promotes its content abroad (Lost in Austin e.t.c.)

Best,
Adam


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Rich Rubasch
Re: Best Bitrate for H.264 HD Video included in DVD-ROM
on Feb 14, 2010 at 1:39:08 am

Just read that a standard DVD-R has a max of 10,000 megabits but that is a max.

And with Toast you can burn a fully qualified BluRay disc onto a DVD-R with a standard DVD burner.

Thanks for the kind words on the site. We are pleased to have BBC Sales Company as one of our largest clients. But we deserve it. : )



Rich Rubasch
Tilt Media Inc.
Video Production and Post
Owner/President/Editor/Designer/Animator
http://www.tiltmedia.com


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