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david mayer
best export format for DVD
on Mar 30, 2010 at 11:08:40 pm

What is the best Final Cut 7 export file format for making 16 x 9, SD, high quality DVDs in DVD Studio Pro?
Thanks,
Dave




iMac 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7, 8 GB
OS 10.6.2
Final Cut Pro 7.0


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Alan Okey
Re: best export format for DVD
on Mar 30, 2010 at 11:31:43 pm

Export a self-contained Quicktime movie from a ProRes 422 or Uncompressed 8-bit or 10-bit sequence and use the self-contained movie file as a master source for your DVD compression. Use Compressor or another high-quality MPEG-2 encoder (BitVice, CinemaCraft MP) to create your MPEG-2 assets and import them into DVD Studio Pro. Use Compressor to create .ac3 audio assets and import them into DVDSP.


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david mayer
Re: best export format for DVD
on Mar 30, 2010 at 11:59:46 pm

Is there no export option in Final Cut 7 that will create a high quality video file and a high quality audio file that I can import directly into DVD Studio Pro without the steps you just mentioned?

iMac 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7, 8 GB
OS 10.6.2
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Bret Williams
Re: best export format for DVD
on Mar 31, 2010 at 12:47:58 am

FCP doesn't export mpeg2. So your export should be as he said. From there you can use compressor to create the mpeg2 files, or DVDSP can do a lesser job of it within the app. It only created aiff files for audio, which take up space and bitrate, potentially affecting video quality and/or playback.



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Steve Eisen
Re: best export format for DVD
on Mar 31, 2010 at 1:02:43 pm

David

Your FCP manual explains the process for making DVD's.

Exporting a QT Movie from your timeline and creating a m2v file in Compressor will give the the best results. You will never get better looking video than with what you originally started with.

Steve Eisen
Eisen Video Productions
Vice President
Chicago Final Cut Pro Users Group


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