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Andrew Millians
HDV to Avid to DVD Studio Pro - Question
on Jul 6, 2008 at 9:16:48 am

This is a question that straddles some forums but I'll try it here.

I have a project shot on HDV that I need to burn to a DVD. It is currently sitting in an Avid Adrenaline at full 1080i resolution. I am having trouble putting it through the following chain to achieve good results:

Avid - QT export - Compressor - DVD Studio Pro

I have tried a couple settings for the QT export which results in a pretty good-looking file (ranging from 3 to 10gb) but by the time I send it through Compressor at the highest quality and burn it, I basically lose my blacks.

Can someone give me advice on the following:

What kind of QT export setting should I use? What setting in Compressor should I use? Anything else?

I'm more of a production guy and while I definitely understand this process, I am not up-to-date as far as codecs and such are concerned.

I definitely appreciate any feedback.


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Noah Kadner
Re: HDV to Avid to DVD Studio Pro - Question
on Jul 6, 2008 at 2:58:58 pm

Export from Avid to ProRes HQ SD 16:9. Then from there go MPEG-2 highest quality 2-pass. If you're losing gamma you might need a more strict color correction pass to even everything a bit more before going to MPEG2.


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