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William Carr
H264 to PR to DVD? Or MPEG to MPEG is Good?
on Nov 19, 2013 at 10:15:53 pm

A client is asking me this: should they transcode their H264 720 version of a film I cut for them directly to MPEG2 in order to burn a DVD-- or-- first transcode to ProRes, then to MPEG2?

Their reasoning is, going from MPEG to MPEG can produce icky issues in the more dense and atmospheric scenes, as opposed to making a wonderful clean intra-frame ProRes which looks great, and working off that.

Yes, I know they can simply test it both ways, but is there a logical reasoning to support the intermediate step idea, of "starting from" a good-looking intra-frame file?


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John Fishback
Re: H264 to PR to DVD? Or MPEG to MPEG is Good?
on Nov 19, 2013 at 10:32:53 pm

Do you still have the master? What's its format?

John

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William Carr
Re: H264 to PR to DVD? Or MPEG to MPEG is Good?
on Nov 19, 2013 at 10:37:31 pm

Sorry! I forgot to mention the client is in Europe in a place with very limited access to internet bandwidth, on a very tight time frame and without local expertise. But they do have a Mac with FCP7.


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