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Chris Bryan
Over 4 Hour DVD
on Oct 31, 2009 at 3:15:50 pm


I am wrapping up editing a Hindu wedding that I shot over the course of two days. The final edited product is going to be about 4.5 - 5 hours long. Will it be possible to fit this on a DVD? I think the max you can fit on a dual layer disk is 4 hours.

I'm coming out of FCP 6. Generally I just use iDVD to burn disks, but I could use DVD Studio Pro as well.

Any suggestions as to how I can get this video to fit on one disk would be greatly appreciated. I really don't want to split it up onto more than one disk.


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eric pautsch
Re: Over 4 Hour DVD
on Oct 31, 2009 at 5:05:31 pm

You need to do a bit budget first. Here's a good calculator:

For 5 hours you're look at a avg bitrate of 3.5
For 4 hours you're look at a avg bitrate of 4.0

These are both DVD-9

Compressor doesn't do a very good job at these bitrates so I'd seriously look at using another encoder like Bitvice or Cinemacraft MP plug-in for the Mac

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Noah Kadner
Re: Over 4 Hour DVD
on Nov 1, 2009 at 7:47:32 pm

Yeah it kind of depends on some factors- number one is this a dual layer disc and also what can you live with in terms of lowered video quality. At 5 hours on a dual layer Compressor can look pretty decent as long as you keep your expectations in check.


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