Currently Being ModeratedMay 21, 2012 3:57 AM (in response to P Tremblay)
Actually, the only difference between Compressor and FCPX DVD disk authoring capabilities is that Compressor offers you the ability to set chapter markers.
The typical advice one reads on these and other Compresssion-related forums is to take a short section of the source file and test it to determine quality and to verify workflow. Unfortunately, with DL DVD, things are trickier and that approach isn't really possible…we don't know whether we have a successful project until we actually burn it and it plays on DVD players.
A couple of things:
What codec is your movie sequence in? If it's H.264, consider transcoding to Pro Res. FCPX and Compressor both will probably be happier if not given a delivery codec l to down-scale from 1080 to 480, encode to DVD standards and also try to determine a break poiny in one fell swoop.
Also, consider down-scaling the movie to SD 16:9 as one stand-alone job. Then take the SD QuickTime output file and use the DVD share preset as a second stand-alone job. If you do that, use Frame Controls for the down-rez job and set the Resize filter to Better or Best.
Another point: be aware that regardless of whether you use the Compressor or FCPX Share>DVD function, you'll get only a single disk. It's not like DVDSP or iDVD where you can sequentially churn out multiple copies. (You can, of course, make copies of your disk when you have burned one successfully.)
Finally, since you have iMovie>DVD experience, I'm assuming you have iDVD installed. Were it my project, and if I didn't have DVD Studio Pro as an authoring option, I would definitely consider going the iDVD route.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 27, 2012 6:35 AM (in response to Russ H)
Hey Russ, can you explain some of this in english for those of us who have been around computers for over 30 years but are new to the video export process.
I have 2 50 min clips that were shot in 1080i and that I have authored in FCPX in a project of 1920x1080 | 29.97i (1080i HD).
I now want to export it so that I can use iDVD or Encore to create my DVD. What is the best format to export it in to get the greatest quality on the DVD. Playback on my iMac is awesome and I want it to look like that on the DVD.
You state "Also, consider down-scaling the movie to SD 16:9 as one stand-alone job. Then take the SD QuickTime output file and use the DVD share preset as a second stand-alone job. If you do that, use Frame Controls for the down-rez job and set the Resize filter to Better or Best"
How do you scale down the movie in FCPX to SD 16:9 as a stand-alone job? How do you then take the SD Quicktime output and use the DVD Share as a second job. Are you doing this all in Compressor? If so which of the presets are you refering to.
(would I really be using ProRes or H264)
Sorry for being a newbie.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 27, 2012 2:38 PM (in response to dkardell)
So DVD's can look really great, but just a reminder that what you see on your Mac is HD whereas DVD's are standard definition. The two ways your movie will show at its HD best are computer playback through a high end projector (or TV), or by a Blu-Ray disk on a Blu-Ray player to TV.
You'll generally be better off bringing a Pro Res file into Compressor.
If you do a separate resizing job, you would select the codec preseet that matched the codec of your input file.
(For example, if your movie is ProRes 422, choose the PR 422 preset.) Open frame controls and set Re-size filter to best. Open Geometry and for the frame size select 720x480; for frame size, select the 16:9 NTSC option (that will give you a .84 PAR).
If you're using iDVD, you could skip Compressor altogether. Just take your exported movie and drag it into the iDVD project.