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Carolyn Burns
Exporting 3 hour movie with the best quality?
on Nov 22, 2009 at 1:30:22 am

Hi,

I'm currently editing a 2 1/2 to 3 hour filming of a live theatre production that I'm trying to export in order to make a master DVD to be copied and sold. I edited the film in Final Cut Pro 6.0.6. I want to export the film in the best quality possible, but something that would still fit on a single DVD. Is this possible? What export settings should I use, and what DVD format should I attempt to burn it into? In the DVD phase, I also want to add a 7 minute slideshow.

Thank you so much, I just don't want to sit through the 17+ hour export process only to find out i've guessed the settings wrong and have to start all over.

-Carolyn


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Kai Cheong
Re: Exporting 3 hour movie with the best quality?
on Nov 22, 2009 at 5:47:54 am

Hi Carolyn,

For DVD-authoring, you should look into using Compressor and DVD Studio Pro, which comes with your Final Cut Studio package. There are presets in Compressor to suit various lengths, including up to 180mins.

For your 7-min slideshow, you can do so in DVD Studio Pro. Depending on your stylistic needs, you might need to do some work in Photoshop to create some templates and backgrounds.

Btw, you can do a 'test render' of your movie before committing to the entire rendering. Just limit a small section in Compressor before rendering it out.

Kai
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Kai Cheong
Re: Exporting 3 hour movie with the best quality?
on Nov 23, 2009 at 11:34:08 am

Hi Carolyn,

Chanced upon this video tutorial which might be helpful in giving you an idea of the process:

http://www.fcptips.com/final-cut-pro/fcp-to-dvd-studio-pro-video_b9f82d1fe....

Kai
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Rafael Amador
Re: Exporting 3 hour movie with the best quality?
on Nov 23, 2009 at 11:50:43 am

Hi Carolyn,
If you are making a DVD to be sold, I would encourage you to look for something better than that Compressor, most of all if you intend to put 3 hours video in a disk.
You will need to go to low data rates, and for that task, BitVice, Episode or CinemaCraft will make a much, much better job.
Cheers,
rafael

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