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Steve RobertsMPEG-2 Encoding by movie studios
by on Oct 14, 2009 at 5:42:21 pm

My producer has compared our DVD's quality to that of commercial DVD features ... and found it wanting. He's asked me what the major studios use to encode their SD DVDs, and I couldn't answer him.

Whether it's hardware or software, cheap or really expensive, does anybody know what the major studios (or their service providers) use to encode their DVDs?

P.S. our DVD was shot on DVCPRO HD 720p (HVX200) and compressed with Compressor at 6.2 Mbps, 2-pass VBR.

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Daniel LowRe: MPEG-2 Encoding by movie studios
by on Oct 14, 2009 at 9:12:39 pm

Don't necessarily look at what they encode with but rather what source they encode from. Typically they work from film quality sources; much, much higher quality than DVCPro HD.

The systems they use would likely be something like Sonic CineVision, CinemaCraft or completely in-house only bespoke systems not available to the public. (Apple use compressor to encode all the movie trailers on their site, but are very strict about the quality of the source they use).

The compressionsts they employ to drive these systems are experts in their field and use techniques like complex segment re-encoding to get the best out of the bit budget.

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Steve RobertsRe: MPEG-2 Encoding by movie studios
by on Oct 15, 2009 at 2:05:04 am

Thanks, Daniel.

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