I'm sure this is on the forum previously but I am VERY pressed for time, my deadline is tomorrow. I shot my film on RED and have to export the file to DVD. I tried twice but failed both times. The DVD does not capture the quality I am looking for. I realize that standard DVDs will not capture the amount of quality that a Blu Ray would, but I need the DVD with the maximum quality for the file size (it's only a short film).
I shot the project at 5k but I am editing at 1920 x 1080. How do I export with the maximum quality for DVD? Also, what dimensions should I export so to assure no cropping exists during DVD play back?
NTSC DVD is 720x480. You need to export out a 720x480 uncompressed file and encode that. Your bitrate is determined by the length of your project. Also you'd want to use AC3 audio to Allow more bandwidth for video.
To get the best quality possible, I'd pay a DVD expert to do the work . No offense but compression is an art form all itself. Many prosumer encoders are really bad....Compressor is one of the worst of them.
You wouldn't hire a DP who doesn't have years of experience or a lighting director who's never rigged a set? Why do the same with the final step of all you're hard work?