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Jurgen E. Tabaku
Blu Ray Authoring
on Sep 2, 2010 at 4:12:00 pm

Hi,

I was recently asked by a client for a finished product on Blu-Ray. The problem is that I don't know how to author movies to Blu-Ray as DVD Studio Pro does not have that option. I was wondering if someone could help me out with this problem. I tried searching for a workflow on the website but I was unable to do so.

I currently have Final Cut 6 but I am hoping that I will be able to get Final Cut 7 in the next couple of weeks. From what I have read it seems as if it is 100 times easier to author DVD's with Final Cut 7.

I am using two Sony XDCAM EX3 to shoot. I don't know if maybe there is a way where I can edit on Final Cut, export back to the XDCAM EX3 and then burn it on a PC.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance.
Jurgen.

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eric pautsch
Re: Blu Ray Authoring
on Sep 2, 2010 at 4:40:08 pm

What does the client want? There's Toast and Compressor outputs a Blu Ray. There's Encore as well. Do they want to replicate? If so you would need to pay someone to do the work unless you're prepared to spend a substantial amount of money and time will the learning curve.



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Ron Pestes
Re: Blu Ray Authoring
on Sep 2, 2010 at 5:00:18 pm

Toast 10 is only $79.95 and works well but does not have all the menu details you may want. Encore seems to be the way to go if you want a detailed menu.

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Jurgen E. Tabaku
Re: Blu Ray Authoring
on Sep 2, 2010 at 5:15:14 pm

The only problem with Encore is that I have heard that with Encore you can only do a play button as anything more than that will not work most of the time.

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walter biscardi
Re: Blu Ray Authoring
on Sep 25, 2010 at 12:16:04 pm

[Ron Pestes] "Encore seems to be the way to go if you want a detailed menu."

Nope, detailed menus only work in DVDs. BluRay detailed menus blow up, the app crashes, etc, etc, etc. Encore is only good for a "Play Only" BluRay disc.

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Jurgen E. Tabaku
Re: Blu Ray Authoring
on Sep 27, 2010 at 2:36:56 pm

Hi Walter,

From all the posts that I was reading regarding BluRay, the only one that I could look at that seemed to work great was NetBlender. The thing is that I edit all of my movies in a Mac while NetBlender is for PC. I would like to give it a try since it has a 30 day trial period.
Do you have any recommendations of how I could transfer the footage over from a Mac to a PC to make this work?

I use a Sony EX3 XDCAM for shooting. I was thinking about the burning to tape option but I am not sure about the quality as I have not tried it before.

Thanks,
Jurgen.

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Jurgen E. Tabaku
Re: Blu Ray Authoring
on Sep 2, 2010 at 5:00:37 pm

They want a sporting event on a Blu-Ray. They only want two copies of it on Blu-Ray and the rest on regular DVD's.

As far as Toast goes, I have been reading a couple of reviews on Amazon and it seems like Toast 10 is not very reliable. Do you think that this because of the learning curve?

Could I create Menu's on compressor?

Thank you for your help.
Jurgen.

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eric pautsch
Re: Blu Ray Authoring
on Sep 2, 2010 at 5:15:55 pm

There is no learning curve in Toast. Its has easy as it gets. Do a google for tons of tutorials



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Jurgen E. Tabaku
Re: Blu Ray Authoring
on Sep 2, 2010 at 6:34:15 pm

As far as Toast goes, I was wondering if it had the same problem as Encore where you can only have a Play button or otherwise it will crash?

Also, I was wondering if you have had a chance to test out Roxio DVDit Pro HD?

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Bill Celnick
Re: Blu Ray Authoring
on Sep 2, 2010 at 6:57:12 pm

I have used both PC and Mac versions of Encore for years, and have authored Blu-Ray without issue.

I haven't experienced the crashes you speak of, and I've had more than just "Play" buttons.


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Chris Borjis
Re: Blu Ray Authoring
on Sep 2, 2010 at 7:54:14 pm

[Jurgen E. Tabaku] "was wondering if you have had a chance to test out Roxio DVDit Pro HD?"

I've been using that the last 2 years with no problems.



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Jurgen E. Tabaku
Re: Blu Ray Authoring
on Sep 3, 2010 at 2:13:45 am

Would you say that Toast or DVDit Pro HD is better? I also Encore but I only have the PC version and would prefer to complete everything on a Mac.

Thanks.

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Charlie Fulton
Re: Blu Ray Authoring
on Sep 25, 2010 at 5:18:45 am

MainConcept just released MovieExport, an export plugin for Final Cut Pro, QuickTime and iMovie with a number of higher-end codecs, supporting Blu-ray Disc, XDCAM, AVC-Intra, F4V, iPod, PSP, AVCHD, DVD, etc. So it can get you a bit closer to authoring a Blu-ray Disc, although you still need to have one of the usual apps to create your menus and to do the actual burning, of course.


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