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Lawrence Eaton
Prepping for DVD Creation - looking for best practices for settings
on Jan 19, 2016 at 5:19:06 pm

I thought I'd seen the last of my blue drinks coaster media, but low and behold,no!

So simply, can anyone suggest a best practice document or better still any particular settings they've discovered to create the magic sauce, please?
Here are my thoughts:
1) Output Master file from FCPX
2) Import to Compressor
3) Use Create DVD destination
4) Cringe and wait patiently as I burn through a stack of DVD's finding the quality to encoding to bit rate balance I need.

Can anyone help me out please? More specifically, what settings for a Master file, if any, would be ideal and then what settings in Compressor would be ideal?

Regards,

Lawrence


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Noah Kadner
Re: Prepping for DVD Creation - looking for best practices for settings
on Jan 19, 2016 at 8:26:28 pm

i'd go ProRes so you have a solid enough source for the MPEG2 downconvert. It often looks better than going straight from a timeline to MPEG2- for whatever reason.

Noah

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Lawrence Eaton
Re: Prepping for DVD Creation - looking for best practices for settings
on Jan 19, 2016 at 8:52:53 pm

Noah,

I went with a Master File with ProRes 422HQ - just because. Output was, quite happy to say, exquisite. When I used the Create DVD destination in Compressor, the end result looked a tad 'feathered' or out of focus. Would this be a factor of down encoding to MPEG2?

Lawrence


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Noah Kadner
Re: Prepping for DVD Creation - looking for best practices for settings
on Jan 19, 2016 at 10:34:30 pm

That would depend on your settings in Compressor but considering it's highly compressed MPEG2 @ 720x480 vs the 1920x1080 ProRes or better I'm assuming you're coming from... it is what it is.

Might want to confirm you're doing something like: https://larryjordan.com/articles/compressor-dvd-compression-settings/

Noah

FCPWORKS - FCPX Workflow
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Patrick Donegan
Re: Prepping for DVD Creation - looking for best practices for settings
on Jan 22, 2016 at 5:15:18 am

Did you input that file by hand into Compressor?

Or did you "Send to Compressor"?

I too am attempting to burn some DVD-Videos, and it aint pretty.

FCP X 10.2.2 - user since FCP 1.25
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Lawrence Eaton
Re: Prepping for DVD Creation - looking for best practices for settings
on Jan 22, 2016 at 9:17:02 am

Patrick,

I shared out from FCPX with a ProRes422Hq Master File (default) - see attached image.

After that, it was using the "create DVD" destination in Compressor and clicking "Start Batch"

Lawrence


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