I am trying to find the best compression from a Sony XDCAM timeline in FCP for a SD DVD. I've used the H2.64 at NTSC 16:9 and it worked great. Then I dropped that file into compressor and used a preset for converting the H2.64 file to an MPEG 2. It all works great but the only problem is that it is still a freaking huge file even after it is compressed to MPEG 2. I used 150 fastest encode for converting the H2.64 file. Is there another way I can compress the XDCAM timeline so that it is smaller but still good quality. Would love any help or suggestions.
Why are you going to H264 before encoding to MPEG2? Yur making an extra step which is not needed or desirable. Just encode directly from the timeline using compressor to MPEG2. How large is the file? How long is the timeline.