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Jay Browne
Compressor - Burn Blu-ray with EXISTING H.264 file
on May 18, 2011 at 2:10:20 am

I frequently create Blu-ray discs of projects for clients using FCP>Compressor. I always have requests for additional Blu-ray copies in the weeks following.

But after waiting nearly 4 hours for a 90 minute ProRes QT master to encode into H.264/AC3 and burn a disc, I would really prefer not to have to go through the encoding process each time a new BD is requested.

After the initial encode batch job with Compressor I have the H.264/AC3 files stored. Is there some way to use Compressor to just burn a one-off by simply using the existing H.264 I have already spent 3 hours encoding?

Does anyone know how to do this?


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Jeff Greenberg
Re: Compressor - Burn Blu-ray with EXISTING H.264 file
on May 18, 2011 at 1:30:11 pm

After you've setup compressor, click on the batch (not the individual video clip entry). The Inspector should show "Job Action."

Change your Output Device to Hard drive and you'll get a disk image that you should be able to reuse.

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Jay Browne
Re: Compressor - Burn Blu-ray with EXISTING H.264 file
on May 18, 2011 at 4:20:46 pm

Thanks for tip! That's a very helpful idea.

Once I have the disk image saved what is the best method to replicate Blu-ray discs from it? I have an external BD burner attached via firewire, and I'm running the FCS suite. Does it require additional software like Encore or Toast?


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Jeff Greenberg
Re: Compressor - Burn Blu-ray with EXISTING H.264 file
on May 18, 2011 at 5:20:19 pm

To be honest, I'm not sure. I figure if it's a disc image, then Apple's disk utility ought to be able to burn it for you. How about you try and let us know. :D

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Jeff G

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Peter dewit
Re: Compressor - Burn Blu-ray with EXISTING H.264 file
on May 19, 2011 at 1:52:01 pm

So you're creating the file then dragging it into a disk image? If that's the case you're probably copying it as data rather than a BD. Typically you'd have to use authoring software of some type(encore Toast etc) to properly build a BD that players will recognize.



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Jay Browne
Re: Compressor - Burn Blu-ray with EXISTING H.264 file
on May 19, 2011 at 3:43:22 pm

So with Toast you can revisit an old project file later and quickly burn a one-off BD disc without re-encoding? I wish there was a way to do that with FCS, it takes an overnight Compressor batch just to create a single disc, unlike DVD Studio Pro where you just open the project and swiftly format a new DVD. Maybe Final Cut X will have some better BD functionality.


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Randolf Shanklemeyer
Re: Compressor - Burn Blu-ray with EXISTING H.264 file
on Aug 18, 2011 at 5:52:46 pm

I am trying the same workflow from compressor. I attempted to burn the BD disk with Toast 10 with the BD Plug-in. I was unable to join the video (H.264 for Blu Ray) AND audio (Dolby Audio.ac3) files. They play as separate files. Any way to join them or suggestions?


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Ethan Young
Re: Compressor - Burn Blu-ray with EXISTING H.264 file
on Jan 6, 2012 at 10:13:03 pm

OK, I have figured out the best workflow for this. After I complete a FCPX project for a client I follow this workflow on my Mac:

1. Export master file from FCPX

2. Use Compressor to encode it for a DVD but choose DISK IMAGE (Hard Drive) in the JOB ACTION>OUTPUT DEVICE setting instead of burning a disc. This creates a disk image (.img) file that I can store to quickly burn extra discs in the future.

3. Use compressor the same way for the Blu-ray version (create disk image)

4. Use Toast 11 to burn the discs. Toast has a feature that allows you to create a disc directly from a disk image.

I find this to be the easiest way to handle additional orders without needing to re-encode or anything.


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Ben Gordon
Re: Compressor - Burn Blu-ray with EXISTING H.264 file
on Nov 8, 2013 at 7:13:27 pm

Hi Ethan, could you possibly elaborate on step 4 in the process you outline - the Toast 11 function to create discs form disk images?

I'm trying to use this to burn consecutive Blu Ray discs and am having trouble finding that Toast feature.

Thanks a million,
Ben

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2 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
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Jeff Greenberg
Re: Compressor - Burn Blu-ray with EXISTING H.264 file
on Nov 8, 2013 at 8:49:00 pm

Change the Destination to Disk Image

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Luke Smith
Re: Compressor - Burn Blu-ray with EXISTING H.264 file
on Sep 25, 2014 at 1:11:17 am

Howdy. I'm still hoping to find out the answer to the original question. When you use the "Create a Blu-ray" destination in Compressor 4, it encodes the audio and video files, burns the disk, and leaves the encoded sources files behind. In my workflow, I just want to make an adjustment or two to the built-in menu options before I burn the disk again, all without having to re-encode the media files.

I can't help but wonder why it seems like Compressor can't reuse them. Anyone?

Thanks for the help, gents.

Luke


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