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Dean Longfield
Best Setting to Burn DVD
on Feb 21, 2012 at 7:25:28 pm

Hi,

I have FCP Studio 3, with FCP 7 and DVD SP 4 and Compressor 3.5. I shoot in XDCAM EX 1080 60i.
However I edit the XDCAM EX footage in an SD wide screen timeline. If I Export to QT Movie with current settings and use that .mov file to import into DVD SP4, I get some artifacting on the DVD burn to the point where I can't give that to clients.

I did try Share > DVD , which made an MPEG-2 which i imported to DVD SP4 and it looked considerably better.

I have tried Share > Send to Compressor previously and burned DVD in Compressor, but did not notice
much quality difference than the EXPORT > QT Movie method. Also if I tried to take the file made by Compressor and bring it into DVD SP 4; only the video would enter DVD SP 4, not the audio, (the audio did not automatically follow). If I tried bringing in the audio separately the sync was off in the final product.

So I'm a bit perplexed. As of right now the best method I've been able to find is FCP Timeline > Share w/DVD setting > DVD SP4.

I'm about to try Apple Pro Res 422. ( Share > Apple Pro Res 422) & Export > Settings: Apple PrRes 422 NTSC 48khz [Anamorphic] ).

Any comments or suggestions would be helpful and appreciated. Thanks.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Best Setting to Burn DVD
on Feb 21, 2012 at 7:38:53 pm

[Dean Longfield] "I shoot in XDCAM EX 1080 60i.
However I edit the XDCAM EX footage in an SD wide screen timeline."


I can think of no good reason to do so.

Edit your footage in a Prores 422 2080i timeline, export a self-contained quicktime, open the file in Compressor and use the presets to make the mpeg2 and ac3 files for DVD authoring; don't forget to author as 16x9. Your DVD ought to look great.

Okay, as great as highly-compressed SD video can look compared to pretty-highly-compressed HD video.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Dean Longfield
Re: Best Setting to Burn DVD
on Feb 21, 2012 at 7:42:30 pm

Thanks Dave. I'll run some tests using that method.


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Dean Longfield
Re: Best Setting to Burn DVD
on Feb 21, 2012 at 7:39:30 pm

I just tried, from an SD - FCP timeline : Share > Apple Pro Res - which made a Apple ProRes 422.mov, which I brought into DDVD SP 4 and the burn came out looking like QT Movie burn (too many artifacts/pixelization).

Traditionaly I had always burned DVD's using an MPEG-2 source file and it seems that that is still the way to go, and from FCP 7 it appears that using Share > DVD are the settings that will accomplish the MPEG-2 source file.

If there is a way to obtain BETTER quality than what I've described above, please let me know.

Thanks !


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Best Setting to Burn DVD
on Feb 21, 2012 at 7:42:34 pm

Please read what I wrote again, and this time please read it with an eye toward comprehension.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Shane Ross
Re: Best Setting to Burn DVD
on Feb 21, 2012 at 8:44:07 pm

Well, you had a small typo in that first post..."Edit your footage in a Prores 422 2080i timeline"

It should be: Edit your footage in a ProRes 422 1080i timeline. FULL HD quality timeline. THEN export for DVD.

Shane
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Dean Longfield
Re: Best Setting to Burn DVD
on Feb 21, 2012 at 9:26:34 pm

Hi Dave,

i sent my second post as a follow up to my first post NOT as a response to your answer/suggestion..
Apparently I was writing my follow-up and you were writing your suggestion at about the same time,
....anyway, I did subsequently read your post and appreciate the suggestion.

Any confusion there of is more to do with the nature internet communication and timing than anything else, (not comprehension or a lack there of).

Have a nice day.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Best Setting to Burn DVD
on Feb 21, 2012 at 9:28:28 pm

I hope you get a good-looking DVD.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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