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720x480 resolution is bad

Nov 5, 2012 3:06 PM

Tags: #dvd_quality

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.

 
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    Nov 5, 2012 3:19 PM   in reply to careysb42

    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 http://tv.adobe.com/show/learn-encore-cs4/

    Authoring http://www.videocopilot.net/tutorials/dvd_authoring/

    Encore Tutorial http://www.precomposed.com/blog/2009/05/encore-tutorial/

    And more Encore http://library.creativecow.net/articles/devis_andrew/

     
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    Nov 12, 2012 4:24 PM   in reply to careysb42

    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.

     

    Good luck,

     

    Hunt

     
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    Nov 13, 2012 5:19 AM   in reply to careysb42

    careysb42 wrote:

     

    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.

    careysb42 wrote:

     

    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.

     
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    Nov 15, 2012 7:22 AM   in reply to careysb42

    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

     
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    Nov 25, 2012 9:57 AM   in reply to careysb42

    Source

    Premiere Pro project

     

    There's your problem.  Don't use Dynamic Link for this.  Export out usable assets from PP with an MPEG2-DVD preset.

     
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