I have 24p footages in my composition (with pull down automatically removed by Premiere, so it's real 24 frames per second). If I want to send it to Encore for an NTSC DVD, what frame rate should I choose in the settings: 23.976 or 29.97? I'll render them out as MPEG2-DVD so that Encore doesn't need to transcode them.
Ever rent a movie to watch at home? They're 24p DVDs. The DVD player adds the pulldown for you. Very handy.
But DON'T make the mpeg2's in AE!
Dave's Stock Answer #3:
Don't use AE to compress files for final delivery. The various compressors are there only to make quick 'n dirty files showing a project's progress to producers, clients, the kids, etc. AE is incapable of doing multipass encoding, a crucial feature that greatly improves the image quality of H.264 and MPEG-type files in particular.
Render a high-quality file from AE, and use a different application to do the compression. Popular ones are Adobe Media Encoder, Sorenson Squeeze and Apple's Compressor, which comes bundled with Final Cut Suite. Even compressing in Quicktime Pro is better than compressing in AE.
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