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Daniel Raim
Encoding in Compressor 4 - has it improved?
on Jul 27, 2011 at 7:24:23 pm

I'm about to encode two documentary films for DVD release. One is 30 minutes (1000 duplications), the other is 80 minutes (1000 replications).

To my naked eye Apple Compressor 3.5 does a decent job encoding. But I'd like to get some expert opinions before I get started:

-- Has Apple improved VBR and/or CBR encoding in Compressor 4 (2011)? In other words, has Apple's MPEG-2 codec been rewritten for Compressor 4?

-- For a short 30 minute film would you use "CBR" or "Two pass VBR Best"?

-- Also, will an expensive third party codec (like Cinema Craft CCE-MP) be worth purchasing for a documentary mainly shot in SD NTSC with archival material?

Thanks!


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Craig Seeman
Re: Encoding in Compressor 4 - has it improved?
on Jul 28, 2011 at 4:43:03 pm

There's no change in codecs. It's a bit easier to setup a cluster in Compressor 4. It also support H.264 .mp4 encoding.

The third party codecs may do a bit better scaling and encode better at lower bitrates although this is just second hand info for me.



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