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Does iDVD and DVD Studio Pro use the same encoder?

479 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Aug 16, 2011 12:32 PM by Mark Duehmig RSS
Mark Duehmig Level 2 Level 2 (370 points)
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Aug 9, 2011 11:54 AM

I have a video I shot in 1080p and it looks great on screen. When I use iDVD to make a quick playable DVD of it (as i have done with many other projects) I'm not happy with the results. It is only about 8 minutes long so there shouldn't be issues with extra compression to get it to fit on the disc.


So I'm thinking of redoing it in DVD Studio Pro, but won't bother if they both use the same MPEG-2 encoding methods. Any thoughts?


Thanks in advance,


Mac Pro Dual Quad 3GHz, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 8 GB RAM
  • mishmumken Level 5 Level 5 (4,000 points)

    They both share the same fundamentals since they are both based on Quicktime. Since you talk about DVDSP I assume you have Compressor as well. In that case I suggest you run your video through Compressor using a CBR setting, turning on Frame Controls and setting everything to "Better".



  • mishmumken Level 5 Level 5 (4,000 points)

    If these are settings that you think you'll need more often you can save them as a preset.


    CBR is constant bitrate and is usually used for content shorter than 60 min. You'll find the drop-down menu for that above the bitrate sliders. Also: try with a bitrate of 7,5 mbp/s max. If you set it higher you risk spiking and the disk might not play.



  • vidoedude Calculating status...
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    Aug 16, 2011 11:55 AM (in response to mishmumken)

    I am in the same boat.  I am shooting a HS Senior's football season for College recruitment.  I shoot in 1080p, but used Quicktime when exporting from FCP.  I burned a raw edit to give to the guy so he can choose what plays he wants, but the quality is less that what I view on my iMac.  Now I know I'm not burning true HD through iDVD, but you mention using compressor.  At what step would I do that?  And can I burn true HD in iDVD? 


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