Compressor is the encoder of choice on the Mac without paying thousands of $
An alternative encoder, and the only one I use is Bitvice: Innobits Encoder BitVice
You could, send a QT straight into DVDSP, but this does not encode at anywhere near the efficiency, functionality and performance that a specialist encoder can do.
What Gary said. You'd be kind of short-changing yourself – putting the necessary effort into DVDSP authoring and not using Compressor as the encoder. But if all you wanted was a good quality disk and didn't care about menu complexities, using the Share function in FCP would bypass Compressor and give you pretty nice quality with a very basic menu.
Hi and thank you for your replies. I have invested in Compressor and am awaiting encoding. I had imported to DVD SP a straight QT but the quality was definitly not what I was hoping for when the DVD was finished. On Compressor I've opted for the MPEG 2 for DVD setting. I presume this is what I should be using as opposed to the Dolby Digital Professional setting? One other thing, in FCP when exporting as a QT mov do I choose Chapter Markers or DVD SP markers?
in settings choose > DVD best quality 90mins
or the other durations if over 90
choose 16:9 or 4x3 as appropriate
you need both Dolby 2 for sound and MPEG2 for video
you only include markers if you have set them up in FCP:
chapter markes to link to marker points in DVDSP and comp markers to set an i point for advanced compression settings