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Kip Cole
burning question...
on Mar 21, 2012 at 11:30:21 pm

...DVD burning, that is.

I'm looking for suggestions as to how to burn the best quality (standard) DVD possible from a HD project. Here's my current method:

FCP project, XDCAM EX1 compression --> export as QT movie using current settings --> take .mov file into Compressor, export using highest quality DVD .m2v format (60 minutes) --> burn DVD using DVD studio at highest mbps available for standard DVD.

The resulting DVD looks OK, fairly crisp, at least for SD, but there are still some artifacts and jagged edges on supers & graphics I'm not entirely happy with. I notice it mostly on the lower third supers - not horrible, but not as clean as I'd like them to be.

Any suggestions? Better third party programs to use for DVD burning?

Thanks,

Kip Cole
Owner - Pale Moon Media
Memphis, TN


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Michael Gissing
Re: burning question...
on Mar 21, 2012 at 11:57:37 pm

The only step different to this method (which is the same as the one featured in this forums FAQ) is to enable frame controls in Compressor and set resize to best. This might help with titles & graphics.

Otherwise you might want to look into specialist encoding software which makes the difference to quality rather than authoring software. DVDSP is not a great program but it is not causing further encoding artefacts if you use Compressor to make the m2v.


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Bret Williams
Re: burning question...
on Mar 22, 2012 at 5:07:59 am

That will look better. But I feel compressor just doesn't have a very good scaling engine.. Especially on interlaced material. I use After Effects to downscale HD to a SD Pro Res QT. Then run that through compressor. I suppose Motion can do the same thing.

Works for me. And once you have an SD master it's much quicker to run through compressor.


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Alan Okey
Re: burning question...
on Mar 22, 2012 at 5:31:44 pm

If you want better MPEG-2 encoding than what Compressor can offer, check out BitVice or CinemaCraft MP:

http://www.innobits.com/bitvice.html

http://www.cinemacraftusa.com/cinemacraft_encodermp.php


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David Eaks
Re: burning question...
on Mar 22, 2012 at 6:23:07 pm

Down convert to an SD Prores file first, then compress to Mpeg for DVD. Doing both down conversion and compression at the same time is much more "difficult" for Compressor. That's what I've learned from other threads here, as far as software down conversion. I generally prefer to use my Matrox MXO2 LE or AJA Ki Pro for realtime hardware down conversion.


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Jim Giberti
Re: burning question...
on Mar 23, 2012 at 3:46:40 pm

FWIW it's why we distribute everything that has to be delivered physically on thumb drives.

Even the most "technically unsophisticated" clients we deal with want to show their work in HD , hi-res.


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