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david mayer
Best Export Settings for HDV footage to DVD
on Dec 17, 2012 at 8:58:57 pm

I load my Sony HDV footage to FCP and let final cut choose the
Sequence Settings (HD 1440x1080 with Apple ProRes 422 Compressor).

I export as Apple ProRes 422 NTSC 48kHz Anamorphic.

In Compressor I use standard DVD settings.

The DVD made in DVD Studio Pro looks pretty bad.

Are there better settings to use to export from
FCP?

Thanks much,
Dave

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


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Stephen Smith
Re: Best Export Settings for HDV footage to DVD
on Dec 17, 2012 at 9:02:49 pm

Should look good. How long is the video?

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david mayer
Re: Best Export Settings for HDV footage to DVD
on Dec 17, 2012 at 9:05:50 pm

Video is 30 minutes.

Forgot to mention: I capture using Capture Preset:
HDV-Apple ProRes 422

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Stephen Smith
Re: Best Export Settings for HDV footage to DVD
on Dec 17, 2012 at 9:08:43 pm

Are you using the "DVD: Best Quality 90 minutes" setting in compressor? I recommend just going with the setting and not changing it. It should look great.

Stephen Smith
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Dave LaRonde
Re: Best Export Settings for HDV footage to DVD
on Dec 17, 2012 at 9:26:56 pm

[david mayer] "The DVD made in DVD Studio Pro looks pretty bad."

Can you please describe what you see? "Pretty bad" could mean a number of things, each with a different explanation.

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


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david mayer
Re: Best Export Settings for HDV footage to DVD
on Dec 17, 2012 at 9:37:51 pm

1. When they move, their image follows
them - kind of blurs behind them as
they move.
2. Image is just not crisp.

Looks Much better in FCP.

Dancers are fairly well lit with LED light.

Camera is 20 feet away.

Dave

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OS 10.6.8
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Dave LaRonde
Re: Best Export Settings for HDV footage to DVD
on Dec 17, 2012 at 10:54:52 pm

How does the DVD look if you do NOT play it on a computer?
How does it look if you use a DVD player and look at it on TV set?

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


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david mayer
Re: Best Export Settings for HDV footage to DVD
on Dec 17, 2012 at 11:24:36 pm

good question

looks equally bad on computer and TV

has a little bit of fuzzy VHS quality to it, too

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Dave LaRonde
Re: Best Export Settings for HDV footage to DVD
on Dec 17, 2012 at 11:26:52 pm

Frame rate mismatch anywhere?

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


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david mayer
Re: Best Export Settings for HDV footage to DVD
on Dec 18, 2012 at 11:52:23 am

Can't find any mismatch.

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Stephen Smith
Re: Best Export Settings for HDV footage to DVD
on Dec 17, 2012 at 11:27:24 pm

Are you using the setting I mentioned in compressor un altered?

Stephen Smith
Utah Video Productions

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david mayer
Re: Best Export Settings for HDV footage to DVD
on Dec 18, 2012 at 11:51:35 am

In Compressor, I start with 90 minutes Best Quality.

This is the best I could customize:

MPEG-2
Mode: 2-pass VBR Best
Average Bit Rate: 7.7 - I bumped this up but it seems to not be able to go higher.
Maximum Bit Rate: 9.0
Motion Estimation: Best
Allows up to 67 minutes

Can I customize even better for a short movie?

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OS 10.6.8
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Richard van Harderwijk
Re: Best Export Settings for HDV footage to DVD
on Dec 18, 2012 at 1:07:42 pm

Hi

"...I export as Apple ProRes 422 NTSC 48kHz Anamorphic..."

Try export with sequence settings and let compressor do all conversion.

It looks as if you do two conversions, one -only?- scaling in FCP, from HDV->NTSC and then in compressor conversion to MPEG2. And the standard setting 90 mins should work fine.


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Stephen Smith
Re: Best Export Settings for HDV footage to DVD
on Dec 18, 2012 at 4:25:48 pm

This is how I like to make DVDs and they always look great.

I go to File, Export, QuickTime movie. This will export your video into the codec that the sequence settings are set to. Make sure Setting is set to Current Settings. Make sure Make Movie Self-containde is checked.

Then import the movie into compressor. Drag on the Best 90min DVD setting and don't change anything. Export it out and then bring it into DVD studio pro. It works like a champ every-time.

Stephen Smith
Utah Video Productions

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david mayer
Re: Best Export Settings for HDV footage to DVD
on Dec 20, 2012 at 6:25:28 pm

Dave,
Something just hit me.
Could the problem be that I did not convert
the HDV footage before log and capture?

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Dave LaRonde
Re: Best Export Settings for HDV footage to DVD
on Dec 21, 2012 at 1:59:18 am

[david mayer] "Could the problem be that I did not convert
the HDV footage before log and capture?"


Yes: especially if you edited in an HDV edit timeline. HDV is extremely lossy. If you had to render anything in the timeline, the image would degrade.

If you did, create a new ProRes 422 edit timeline, then copy & paste your current cut into that new timeline and try the process again.

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


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david mayer
Re: Best Export Settings for HDV footage to DVD
on Dec 21, 2012 at 2:58:01 pm

Thanks - I will do this.

Is converting the footage to a friendlier
format before log and capture even better?
(For next time, I mean, since this project is
already edited.)

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david mayer
Re: Best Export Settings for HDV footage to DVD
on Dec 21, 2012 at 3:03:56 pm

Should I choose sequence preset
"Apple ProRes 422 NTSC 48 kHz Anamorphic"
or is one of the HQ settings better?
(Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) etc....)

I suppose it would make sense for the
sequence setting and the export setting
to be identical.

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OS 10.6.8
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