1 Reply Latest reply: Mar 20, 2013 2:36 PM by Shane Ross
ResilientRose Level 1 (0 points)



I exported my edited video from final cut as a quick time file. It's a quicktime .mov file and the file size is 14,403,904,911 bytes (14.4 GB on disk). I need to create the highest possible quality DVD that I can to submit my film into festivals as the compressed streaming version of it wasnt good quality at all. The video duration is 11 minutes. I tried using the 90 min DVD settings in Compressor and got terrible video results. Could someone please suggest what setting I should use for the Compressor and DVD Pro to get the best possible results? The DVD I'll be using would be 4.7GB DVD -R.


Thanks in advance!

  • Shane Ross Level 8 (42,795 points)

    Using the High Quality 90-min preset in Compressor is the best you can do with the Final Cut Studio apps.  Then take that into DVD SP to author.


    Know that this is making an SD DVD...so if you have an HD film, it's no longer in HD.  That might be part of the quality issue you are seeing. 


    #42 - Quick and dirty way to author a DVD


    Shane's Stock Answer #42 - David Roth Weiss' Secret Quick and Dirty Way to Author a DVD:


    The absolute simplest way to make a DVD using FCP and DVDSP is as follows:


    1. Export a QT movie, either a reference file or self contained using current settings.


    2. Open DVDSP, select the "graphical" tab and you will see two little monitors, one blue, one green.


    3. Select the left blue one and hit delete.


    4. Now, select the green one, right click on it amd select the top option "first play".


    5. Now drag your QT from the broswer and drop it on top of the green monitor.


    6. Now, for a DVD from an HD source, look to the right side and select the "general tab" in the track editor, and see the Display Mode, and select "16:9 pan-scan."


    7. Hit the little black and yellow burn icon at the top of the page and put a a DVD in when prompted. DVDSP will encode and burn your new DVD.


    THATS ALL!!!


    NOW...if you want a GOOD LOOKING DVD, instead of taking your REF movie into DVD SP, instead take it into Compressor and choose the BEST QUALITY ENCODE (2 pass VBR) that matches your show timing.  Then take THAT result into DVD SP and follow the rest of the steps.  Except you can choose "16:9 LETTERBOX" instead of PAN & SCAN if you want to see the entire image.