If You got iDVD - then in FinalCut Pro
- Export as QuickTime .mov - NO QUICKTIME CONVERSION
- drop this file into a Brand New iDVD Project
- SELECT Encoding Quality - I only use Pro-Quality encoding
- SAVE AS A DISKIMAGE !
- Test it first - If OK
- burn at slow speed via iDVD (need re-calculation)
. or - burn via Disk Util tool - STILL AT x2 or MAX x4 speed (no need for re-calculation)
Yours Bengt W
iDVD - DO NOT CARE about Gb or Mb - at all - only duration
Pro Quality encoding - Up to 120 minutes (incl MENU - can be 15 minutes or more) on SL-DVDs
Best Performances - up to 60 minutes incl Menu
High/Best Quality - Lowest of them all - up to 120 minutes
about x2 on DL-DVDs
I only use
- Slow Burn Speed x2 or max x4
Good Luck - Yours Bengt W
The size of your master has nothing to do with it...only the total running time. Compressor has presets for various running times, maxing out at 150 min. So you can use that for a two stage process with DVD Studio Pro...or simply take the master output into DVD Studio Pro direct:
#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 and select the top option "first play".
5. Now drag your QT from the browser 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.
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.
Dear Bengt, thank you for answering my question. I don't have iDVD and I never used iMovie before. Also never heard of SL-DVD-R, and certainly my client never did either. So, too many unknown and too little time. I have to find a solution with what i have: Compressor and DVD Studio Pro. But many thanks for coming to the rescue. I owe you one.
SL-DVD-R are the normal Single Layer DVD-R and they are an elderly standard but works on many more DVD-Players.
Yes Compressor and DVD Studio Pro are the best possibly tools to use. To me a bit tricky - but still the best. Here too You can use Pro Quality DVD encoding - two pass encoding.
Good Luck - Yours Bengt W
Thank you Shane for sharing your dirty secrets! When I read your mail I had already used Compressor on a .mov self contained file which I had reduced from 1920x1080 to 720x480 thru Quick Time Conversion... and I was already burning it in DVDSP. I figured I'd finish and see. It failed to produce a VIDEO_TS file, because there was a "DVD element VOB missing".
I'm starting over with a self contained 1920x1979 QT, but instead of Best Quality I chose Fastest Encoding in Compressor. I hope I'm not in for another wrong choice? I'm going through Compressor to have the 2 files for DVSP, and use TOAST to create several copies of the DVD fromt the VIDEO_TS. Do you approve?
Thank you Shane. How bad is the result in FAST? This is for SCREENING purposes only to sell a dance show to a client. Is it VERY LOW quality, or LOW quality, or MEDIUM quality. Coming from 1920x1080 HD. I have
2 h12 to go in Compressor. I hope you're near your computer and can tell me soon. I'm ready to start over if necessary. A thousand thanks.
Thank you very much for answering me so fast. The "fastest" encoding is actually moving at a snail pace on my old 2007 MacBook Pro. And if you say it will be 1/2 the HIGH QUALITY burn, that makes it MEDIUM quality. which is not bad. The old laptop has been working for many hours since yesterday and is getting even more sluggish. So I'll go for MEDIUM on Part 1 and I'll switch to HIGH for Part 2 when this one is done. Again THANK YOU VERY MUCH.