Currently Being ModeratedJul 16, 2013 3:31 AM (in response to dvdflashbacks)
How long is the video? If it is under 30 minutes you can use Compressor 3.5 or 4 to burn a Blu-ray Material (dics) onto a regular DVD. Compressor has simple menus and the chapter marks will also work. You don't need a Blu-ray burner to do this.
Would be best to supply a regular DVD too.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 16, 2013 4:45 AM (in response to dvdflashbacks)
To my understanding the presets only allow for up to 1080i at 29.97 which would seem to result in very poor image quality compared to our original source.
The settings you refer to are for the obsolete HD DVD format. As a practical matter, DVD Studio Pro is now limited to 720x480. But that's not to say that DVDSP Compressor can't produce very good-looking DVDs, They can do a very good job with good quality source material and the right Compressor settings.
As David suggested, an AVCHD disk is a nice HD alternative if you don't need complex menu structure, multiple tracks and eye candy, extras, etc.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 16, 2013 7:51 AM (in response to Russ H)
Thank you for the quick replys.
Our film is just around 2 hours. So I imagine that going the DVD route, which we might need to do to ensure max compatibility at this point, might be our best option. I know that Sundance had stopped allowing BluRay submissions at one point and do not allow Short film submissions on BluRay still.
I just watched a Tutorial on using Compressor alone to make the DVD instead of using DVDSP. At this point we definitely do not need any complex menu structures or fancy extras, although the director and executive producer do want us to include extras and official film trailer on DVD at some point after the initial festival submissions.
It looks like the basic menu structure I saw in the Compressor example (with a simple background image) would work just fine for our festival submissions.
So, one question on this...when I walked through the Compressor method it looks like by default the encoding was MPEG-2 not AVCHD. Was the AVCHD only if we go the BluRay route?
Thank you again.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 16, 2013 8:23 AM (in response to dvdflashbacks)
BluRay, AVCHD (h.264)...
To make the best compression to MPEG-2, use Compressor to make the MPEG-2. Drag both the MPEG-2 and audio file into DVD Studio Pro. DVD Studio Pro doesn't make that great of a MPEG-2 file compared to Compressor. That is if you decide to use DVD Studio Pro to make the DVD.
(Personally I don't make DVDs straight out of Compressor or DVD Studio Pro. I make a disc image from Compressor or DVD Studio Pro. Three reasons, 1) If for some reason the burn fails I don't have to redo the MPEG-2 transcoding again (Compressor)... 2) If I need to make more DVD copies I have the disc image to burn from... 3) I need to tweak the MPEG-2 settings I don't have to re-burn the DVD. Just mount the DVD disc image and open it with DVD player on the Mac to check it out before burning.
To burn the DVD disc image... mount the disc image... open Disk Utility... select the disc image... burn.)