I have a video file that is larger than 4.7gb that i want to fit onto a DVD. How can I go about compressing this, should I export it as H.264 or mp4 first from premiere to probably shrink the file and then import back into encore to burn it, to work like a normal DVD.
What are some of things that I can do, a non-profit organization needs to generate funds from the sale of these dvds, to cut cost as much, am trying to fit the product onto one dvd, as oppose having to burn two discs per sale.
>video file that is larger than 4.7gb
What kind of video file is that?
1 - export from Premiere Pro as MPEG2-DVD, and import the two (video & audio) files into Encore for authoring
2 - export from PPro as (regular or widescreen, as appropriate) DV AVI and import the one file into Encore for authoring
My personal choice, so I don't have to worry about bit budgeting, is #2 - and I then have Encore do "automatic" encoding to make a "best fit" of video to disc
If your end result is larger than will fit on a single layer disc, you will need to use a dual layer disc
Some other information
Encore Tutorial http://www.precomposed.com/blog/2009/05/encore-tutorial/
And more Encore http://library.creativecow.net/articles/devis_andrew/
DVDs are MPEG-2. Period. H.264 or other formats will not work at all. As John recommended, from Premiere you can use File > Export > Media and encode to "MPEG-2 for DVD" format. Choose an appropriate Preset, such as "NTSC Widescreen" or whatever matches your footage best. I would not recommend exporting to an intermediate file, as this just takes more time and the extra encoding pass can degrade quality.
There are many bitrate calculators out there, but I found a formula from Adobe that is simple and has served me well, which is 560/minutes=bitrate. I just round the result down slightly to allow for additional overhead (menus, etc).
For instance, 560/120=4.66, so I encode at 4.5 and fits just fine. Just enter that bitrate into the encode settings, but don't go over "8" for shorter programs. I use CBR most of the time versus VBR, that is personal choice, but on shorter programs I see no benefit to VBR.
If you have Production Premium, from Premiere, you can do File > Dynamic Link > Send to Encore and this will automate the conversion process for you, but I like the manual control myself.
Hope this is helpful
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