I did a bit of searching on old posts, but still wasn't clear on the answer. My source footage is 1280x720, 59.94p and came from a Contour+ helmet camera where the files are stored in a .mov file with H.264 encoding. My video is only 9 minutes long. What is the best method to produce the highest quality single layer BD out of PP and Encore in this case?
One response I can envision is that isn't going to matter in this case given the camera/source. Otherwise, would one be better off using Adobe Dynamic Link and letting Encore choose the settings or selecting the format/preset and tweaking the video settings in PP and importing the resultant files into Encore?
If PP, I have seen some posts saying MPEG2 Blu-ray will produce a better result if the bit rate is cranked up high. But then others imply H.264 will likely come out better. I also noticed that the H.264 video settings allow increasing the bit rate there as well.
I will have a question on video settings depending on the answer above.
Thanks Ann. Everyone else confer or do we have any MPEG2 advocates? Assuming H.264, what video settings would you change from the default beyond the frame dimensions and frame rate? I'm a layman/consumer, but at a glance I thought perhaps "VBR, 2-pass" would have merit as I thought I read somehwere that produces a better result (encoding time doesn't matter for me). What about increasing the Target and Maximum Bitrate sliders all the way to the right (my video is short)? What about the Render at Maximum Quality check box (I'm still confused on that one and when to use it)?
I agree with Ann's suggestion, but you might want to do it both ways, in two Encore Projects, and burn a BRE rewritable disc, testing each on the same hardware, just to see which version your eyes like best.
Be sure to check your menus if you are having them animate. I much prefer the H264 quality for the same file size, but the only time i've had problems in Encore's menus was with H264 source files. when they work, they work well. When they don't, there seems no way to fix them (even after a re-encode and start from scratch). It's happened to me twice in approx 45 Blu-ray projects that used H264.