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Chris Stevens
Compressor alternatives
on Sep 13, 2010 at 2:22:54 pm

Not very happy with the results from Compressor when creating an SD DVD from a 720 50p programme. Is there better software (mac) to do the job? Or should I consider a hardware solution?

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Stephen Smith
Re: Compressor alternatives
on Sep 13, 2010 at 2:31:12 pm

I've had great luck with Compressors SD DVD settings. You might want to look at Sorenson Squeeze or Cleaner if you are not happy.

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Rafael Amador
Re: Compressor alternatives
on Sep 13, 2010 at 2:50:50 pm

And how are you setting Compressor to do the task?
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Chris Stevens
Re: Compressor alternatives
on Sep 13, 2010 at 3:33:03 pm

Video Format:
Video Format - PAL
Frame Rate - 25
Aspect 16:9
Dominance - Progressive
Quality:
Two pass vbr, Average bit rate - 7.7, Max bit rate - 9
Motion Est - Best
GOP:
GOP structure - IBBP closed
GOP Size - 12
Frame Controls:
Controls - On
Resize Filter - Best
Output Fields - Progressive
Deinterlace Best
Adaptive Details (Checked)
Anti Alias - 0
Details Level - 0
Rate Conversion - Fast (nearest Frame)

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Stephen Smith
Re: Compressor alternatives
on Sep 13, 2010 at 3:36:51 pm

9 is to high for a max bit rate. 9 will not play on all DVD players. Have you tried using the pre-built settings?

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Chris Stevens
Re: Compressor alternatives
on Sep 13, 2010 at 3:43:47 pm

Have tried Apple standard settings & that looks fine on a regular TV/Panel. I'm playing out to a Pana 60" Plasma via a quality player & it looks cleaner (less noise & more sharp) using a max bit rate of 9.
Think I can see an error in my settings - Rate Conversion is set to Fast. Should be Best me thinks?

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Rafael Amador
Re: Compressor alternatives
on Sep 13, 2010 at 4:05:32 pm

Hi Chris,
Your setting looks OK (no need to set de-interlacer: Best), but I agree with Stephen about the data rate too high.
Compressor is not the best application when you have to put three hours movie in a disc, but for short programs when you can let high data rate works OK.
If you are ready to work with that data rate (reduce it a bit), make some tests with Open and Short GOPs.
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Chris Stevens
Re: Compressor alternatives
on Sep 13, 2010 at 4:15:41 pm

Many thanks - will try your suggestion. Chris

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Zane Barker
Re: Compressor alternatives
on Sep 13, 2010 at 5:24:16 pm

[Chris Stevens] "I'm playing out to a Pana 60" Plasma "

ANY standard DVD is not going to look all that great on a TV that big.

If you want something that will look good on a screen that big, go with BlueRay or play it digitally using something like a Apple TV or even connecting a computer directly to the screen.

**Hindsight is always 1080p**


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Michael Sacci
Re: Compressor alternatives
on Sep 13, 2010 at 4:27:44 pm

Which high bitrate averages, always use CBR method, it is faster and better.

Use a 7.5 Mbps

If your footage is Progressive all the Deinterlaced settings are bypassed. (wish they would gray out).

With Compression you should be trying 20 min settings of your movie to see different results from your settings. When using CBR you can use shorter test segments. Try with frame controls off and one with down converting is a separate step before encoding to m2v.

Then if you are not getting good enough results try the other software listed. But at these high bitrates Compressor does a great job.


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walter biscardi
Re: Compressor alternatives
on Sep 13, 2010 at 4:04:44 pm

[Chris Stevens] "Not very happy with the results from Compressor when creating an SD DVD from a 720 50p programme. Is there better software (mac) to do the job? Or should I consider a hardware solution?"

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