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DVD Quality on Plasma TV

359 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Jan 31, 2013 7:53 AM by Russ H RSS
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Jan 30, 2013 1:51 PM

Hi All,


I have filmed and edited a 1080p video in FCPX and now trying to supply a DVD to my client. I have tried a wide variety of settings but the DVD looks plain old awful on a 32" plasma tv or laptop. It looks great on a 32" CRT TV.


The client has complained now 5 times and I have no idea what else to do. Can anybody recommend any settings which they feel are safe?

The movie is 1Hour 30mins so I have created  H264 File and am using that in compressor to encode.  The footage is 25fps progressive (filmed on a 5dmk3) and filmed at 1920x1080. I am using apple compressor to encode the movie.


I tried to use the following method but was presented with a quicktime error -0 20 mins into the encoding. I would really love some help here guys as the Blu-Ray looks fine, I just cant get it looking nice on a small TV which is just so frustrating



  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,845 points)
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    Jan 30, 2013 2:42 PM (in response to Tman123)

    Are you talking about DVD or Blu Ray?

  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,845 points)
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    Jan 30, 2013 3:22 PM (in response to Tman123)

    Downscaling from 1080 to 480 can produce artifacts in MPEG compression, but it shouldn't look awful by any means.

    I have had consistently very good results feeding Compressor HD files for DVD  encodes. I use a Pro Res 422 master as my source file. I do turn on frame controls and set the re-size filter to Best.


    My encoding settings are typically 7.0 Mbps CBR for 60 minutes. Because yours is longer, you'll have to set it at about 5.2 Mbps…or use dual layer media for a hogher bit rate.


    With material shot on the Mark iii, I would expect good things from that workflow.


    Hope that's helpful. Try encoding some short sections and test.


    Good luck.



  • Mark Garrett Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Jan 30, 2013 4:30 PM (in response to Tman123)

    You may also want to try and use dual layer DVDs, though I have had issues using those on my internal Superdrive. If you have an external BR burner, it should be better. The extra space will allow for a higher bitrate if you have a long movie. Can you provide your target settings Summary screen info? There might be something obvious there that someone here might notice.

  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,845 points)
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    Jan 31, 2013 7:25 AM (in response to Tman123)

    Tman123 wrote:





    Gop Structure = IP

    Gop Size = 6


    Frame Controls = Off

    Did you change the GOP settings, or did it default to those?


    The only reason for NOT using Frame Controls is to save time.

    Down-scaling from HD to SD (especially from 1080) is where things usually go awry.


    So I'll repeat my advice: turn on Frame Controls and set the Resize Filter to Best.


    Try a short section as a test.



  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,845 points)
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    Jan 31, 2013 7:53 AM (in response to Tman123)

    Also, it would be helpful if you could post a screen shot of the Summary Pane in the Inspector of your MPEG2 target. You'll probabluy have to take two screen shots.




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