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Ian Williams
Was I right to author and burn at 720 x 576?
on Feb 5, 2012 at 10:41:47 am

I have a question about picure resolution when it comes to DVD authoring, and please be aware that I am no expert in video, and that I come from an audio background.

I filmed some footage using a camera with an HD picture resolution of 1280 x 720. I then imported this footage into Adobe Premiere Pro, which I edited into a film. I then rendered the film at 720 x 576, before converting it to DVD Video format using SUPER.

Since burning the DVD, I worried that it might have been wrong for me to import the footage at 1280 x 720, and then render at 720 x 576, which might reduce the picture quality. But then I read here that 720 x 576 is the standard for a PAL DVD Video:

http://www.deskshare.com/Resources/articles/vem_videodim_aspect_dvd.aspx

So did I do the right thing in rendering the film at 720 x 576? And is it true that all commercial PAL DVD Videos are 720 x 576?


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Gary Milligan
Re: Was I right to author and burn at 720 x 576?
on Feb 5, 2012 at 4:31:06 pm

[Ian Williams] "So did I do the right thing in rendering the film at 720 x 576? And is it true that all commercial PAL DVD Videos are 720 x 576?"

Yes, you are correct on both counts.

Gary

This is me - this is what I do - http://web.mac.com/garymmw


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Ian Williams
Re: Was I right to author and burn at 720 x 576?
on Feb 5, 2012 at 5:16:36 pm

Great, thanks for that. It really surprised me that DVD Videos are only 720 x 576. I would assume that they would be a lot more, for the likes of HD. But then maybe that's what Blu Ray is for...


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Michael Slowe
Re: Was I right to author and burn at 720 x 576?
on Feb 5, 2012 at 10:24:20 pm

It's worse than you think as the MPEG 2 compression for DVD really degrades the picture. Blu-Ray is better but still compresses considerably from the original.

Michael Slowe


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Ian Williams
Re: Was I right to author and burn at 720 x 576?
on Feb 6, 2012 at 8:36:22 am

Yeah it's crazy. It's a similar thing with music - CD's are dying and being replaced by digital downloads, but that means going down in quality from 16-bit WAV to MP3.

Thanks for the help anyway.


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