I work with Avid DNX files, but very often clients want DVD dailies. From Avid, I export a QT reference movie same as source. I then bring the .mov into a FCP sequence so I can add a slate and B&T. Then, I send the sequence to Compressor (I use compressor because sometimes clients want security burns on the DVD and compressor is great at doing that.)
This encoding process takes about 2 hours for a 60-min reel. My question is what settings can I use to give good quality, but also reduce the encoding time? I currently have it set to One-Pass VBR 6.0-7.0 The original is 1920x1080psf.
Also, if anyone knows a more efficient way, please let me know, but do not suggest Episode. I've tried it and it doesn't let me do things that compressor allows.
Why aren't you adding slate/B&T inside of Media composer?
You likely could go in at CBR at the same data rate and have a decent looking file.
Last, Compressor is the only tool that will directly make a DVD; Episode and Squeeze can certainly do decent (and possibly better) compression for MPEG2. It's not that Compressor sucks, it's just that their MPEG2 algorithm could be better.