I have been searching the internet for the last hour trying to find the best description of a workflow for editing, and for straight DVD conversion...with little success regarding specific information I'm looking for, so I thought I'd post here.
Everyone says it's best to convert using MPEG Streamclip to XDCam or ProRes. That's great...but I can't find anyone that talks about the specific settings to use in MPEG Streamclip....
Obviously, change "Compression" to Apple ProRes 422 or XDcam (but which one???).
Quality to 100%,
Sound - Uncompressed, Stereo, Auto
Frame size - 1920 x 1080 (unscaled)
Do I check anything under Frame Rate? Interlaced Scaling? Reinterlace Chroma? Deinterlace Video? How about Field Dominance?
Obviously don't zoom or crop.
Second question...what's the best way to go straight from the original h264 video files to DVD...I shot 30 mins. of video and want to give the client the rough footage to view. Do I need to convert to ProRes or XDCam before going to MPEG2, or is it okay to go straight to MPEG2 (using Compressor's default - 90 minutes Best Quality...do I need to change any settings then?)
Sorry, I've been a little overloaded with details (frame rates, sizes, interlacing, etc)...so much that my brain has gone a little mushy, and have gotten lost and can't find my way back.
I see the Compressor preset under Apple->Formats->QuickTime->Apple ProRes 422. I see that the Width & Height are 100% of source, and Frame rate is 100% of source. Codec type is ProRes HQ (does it need to be HQ?). Is that the right preset to use...do I need to change any of the settings?
Also...in making a DVD of the rough footage...should I be using this ProRes preset in Compressor first, or is it okay to go straight to MPEG2?
Hey there, if you are just showing rough footage like dailies/rushes (no editing), convert using Compressor to SD NTSC and use one of the DVD presets for the amount of footage you have and let it add letterbox bars. The files will be much smaller and since you won't be editing, you can just drop them straight into the DVD Studio Pro timeline (don't forget to do your audio, too unless they don't need to hear audio) and make a DVD from that.