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Boyce JohnsonRe: Broadcasting best format
by on Feb 19, 2007 at 6:55:03 pm

We recently installed the same PlayBox system. Our old server was a Matco MA600 that played MPEG2s. We intend to use DV files with the new server for a number of reasons. First of all, we've found MPEG2 to be a huge pain in the butt. Some players and/or servers will only play files encoded with certain software or hardware, using certain parameters. Producing an MPEG2 that works in all applications has proven to be impossible. Also, the MPEG2 files aren't particularily useful for anything other than playing out from the server. We edit with Final Cut Pro so we can't just dump 'em back into a timeline.

Even though it's lossy, DV is the better choice for us. We can quickly and easily dump it out of FCP. (Unless you have an older version of PlayBox, it should be able to play Quicktime .mov files as well as AVIs.) Those files also play back in other media players around the shop, and the files can be dropped into FCP timelines for editing or imported as assets into DVD Studio Pro for DVD authoring.

It depends on what editing software, DVD authoring software, and other media players/servers you have at your facility. We found it impossible to produce an MPEG2 file that would work everywhere we wanted it to. DV files are much more useful to us.

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