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tanya cook
Reducing file size to burn to dvd
on Oct 6, 2011 at 2:44:17 pm

Hi guys

I have recently edited a film in final cut which lasts 88 mins. So I have converted it to a Quicktime file but now the size is 52GB I need to put it on to a dvd but obviously the file is massive. Is there any way i can make this file smaller (and still be able to watch it on a DVD)

I really hope you can help. I hope it's just me doing something wrong (I'm not too keen on downloading converters and all that...)


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Shane Ross
Re: Reducing file size to burn to dvd
on Oct 6, 2011 at 7:42:33 pm

You use COMPRESSOR and DVD Studio Pro to AUTHOR the DVD.

#42 - Quick and dirty way to author a DVD

Shane's Stock Answer #42 - David Roth Weiss' Secret Quick and Dirty Way to Author a DVD:

The absolute simplest way to make a DVD using FCP and DVDSP is as follows:

1. Export a QT movie, either a reference file or self contained using current settings.

2. Open DVDSP, select the "graphical" tab and you will see two little monitors, one blue, one green.

3. Select the left blue one and hit delete.

4. Now, select the green one, right click on it amd select the top option "first play".

5. Now drag your QT from the broswer and drop it on top of the green monitor.

6. Now, for a DVD from an HD source, look to the right side and select the "general tab" in the track editor, and see the Display Mode, and select "16:9 pan-scan."

7. Hit the little black and yellow burn icon at the top of the page and put a a DVD in when prompted. DVDSP will encode and burn your new DVD.


NOW...if you want a GOOD LOOKING DVD, instead of taking your REF movie into DVD SP, instead take it into Compressor and choose the BEST QUALITY ENCODE (2 pass VBR) that matches your show timing. Then take THAT result into DVD SP and follow the rest of the steps. Except you can choose "16:9 LETTERBOX" instead of PAN & SCAN if you want to see the entire image.


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