I'm a noobie to Encore, I just created my first disc. The source is a Primere Pro project at 1920x1080 but after Encore gets through with it it's 720x480 and I can't find any way to change it. I know DVD doesn't support 1080p but I thought that it did support 720p. Am I doing something wrong or is this one of those "works as designed" issues? Honestly, the pixelation is so bad that it's useless. I even have an upsampling DVD player/recorder. When I record from TV it looks fantastic compared to Encore's recording so I know that the DVD format is capable of higher resolution.
A DVD is Standard Defintion only http://forums.adobe.com/thread/544206
When I have CS5 down scale AVCHD to Standard Defintion for a DVD, the picture is excellent
What are your exact export settings?
A screen shot works well to SHOW people what you are doing http://forums.adobe.com/thread/592070?tstart=30
>noobie to Encore
Encore Tutorial http://www.precomposed.com/blog/2009/05/encore-tutorial/
And more Encore http://library.creativecow.net/articles/devis_andrew/
I have found that it is best to feed Encore exactly what it needs for either a DVD-Video, or BD. I do that from PrPro, and do any down-rezzing there, before the HD material gets to Encore - far fewer problems that way.
I know DVD doesn't support 1080p but I thought that it did support 720p.
And yet, DVD doesn't support anything above 480i. Not in the spec.
Honestly, the pixelation is so bad that it's useless. I even have an upsampling DVD player/recorder. When I record from TV it looks fantastic compared to Encore's recording so I know that the DVD format is capable of higher resolution.
DVD is not capable of higher resolution, by definition.
What you may be experiencing however, is low bit rate. I suggest a couple of things to try. First, if you have AME available, make sure it's being used. In Encore, Edit...Preferences...General, and make sure the check box for using AME is checked. Then, go to the Encore project panel and right click on your PPro project. You'll get a drop down menu. If "transcode settings" is grayed out, click on the third item in the list "revert to original". This will make "transcode settings" available. Then, right click on the PPro project, and select "transcode settings".
This brings up a pop-up window -- select the "edit quality presets" button. This brings up another pop-up window. Now you can define your own custom transcoding settings. Name your custom settings someting distinctive so that you can easily select it for use on other projects in the future.
Maximum rendering quality is of course going to depend on your footage. I typically get quite good results from a 1080p30 source by using a quality level of 5, VBR two pass, and bitrates of 1.5 (min), 6, and 8(max), with the "use maximum render quality" box checked. This gives me image quality that's just below blu-ray quality on my upscaling player. No visible pixelation or other visual artifacts; nice and smooth, and decently sharp. Softer than a blu-ray, but it's a DVD, so that's expected. I've been quite pleased by my results so far. And my clients are similarly pleased.
Alternatively, you can always transcode directly from PPro, and just tell Encore where the transcoded assests are located. This takes Encore out of the transcoding biz completely. But if PPro and Encore are both using AME for transcoding, and are using the same settings, you get the same results.
Check your fields if this is AVCHD all of mine the field is upper not lower, I would encode video in Premiere so you can match the project settings my 1920 > 720 looks great with this workflow just my 2 cents
I purchased "DVD Demystified, 3rd ed" by Jim Taylor. It is an excellent book on all of the technical details of DVD authoring; I'm about 2/3 through it.
Along with this I've been poking at Encore to try and apply what I've learned. My 2nd and 3rd try was no better than the 1st that I originally complained about no matter what settings I used. The problem was that the Transcode Status was "transcoded", which appearently caches the transcoding step so that all my settings changes were ignored until I set the status back to un-transcoded; then my new settings took effect and the result was what I was shooting for. I'm still feel like I'm taking a shot in the dark with the settings I've chosen and would like to know if people think this is overkill.
Premiere Pro project, 1920 x 1080 x 29.97fps progressive