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Compressor for HDCAM
on Nov 17, 2005 at 7:27:55 pm


I am looking to compress my HDCAM file to a mpeg 2 dvd format. As a DVD submaster. When using compressor directly from FCP 5.0.3, I will be encoding it to a Mpeg2 Best 90min, altering the maximum bit rate to 8 bit, with a 2pass VBR. Is this an optimal setting if I have to be careful of motion jitter and fine detail as well as color reproduction? I also heard that one of the best ways to go from HDCAM to standard def video and preserve the look of HD is to do 2 steps. Convert your HDCAM to a DVCpro file and compress that into an mpeg 2. Has any heard this and tried it out. Is this true? It's an extra step, ultimately, I will have to make 2 new submasters from my HDCAM - Standard Def DVCAM and DVD.

Thanks in advance


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Re: Compressor for HDCAM
on Nov 18, 2005 at 5:42:54 pm

You should only go through one step.

HDCAM to DVCPRO to Mpeg2 is definitely one step too many and will
likely affect your final image.

Whatever you do to downrez your HDCAM material, try and do
it with a "Bicubic" method of downsizing. otherwise you might
find some jaggedness in your shots.

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