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What would be the best recording format for our PanasonicHPX170P when final output will be on a DVD?

Jan 29, 2013 9:18 AM

Hi everyone! I need your help. We just recently switched to Adobe Premiere and I purchased a Panasonic HPX 170P and we are recording in DVCPRO50 720P. My question is what is the best quality that we should record in if the end process is going on a DVD not on Blue Ray? My boss is curious if we are filming at too high of quality for our DVDs. Or should we keep it at quality this for our internet videos? Thanks so much!

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    Jan 29, 2013 9:23 AM   in reply to Delta_L_Foxtrot

    Export to MPEG2-DVD but do use MRQ, Maximum Render Quality. That is the only legal format. Shoot at 720p for better web resolution.

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    Jan 29, 2013 11:22 AM   in reply to Delta_L_Foxtrot

    As far as I know, the same encoding engine is used in PPro and Encore


    As a matter of personal choice, so I do not have to "fiddle" with export settings, I edit AVCHD in PPro and then export to widescreen DV AVI


    I give that DV AVI to Encore, and have Encore set to "automatic" transcoding to calculate the "best fit" of video time to a single or dual layer DVD


    But, as I said, that is my personal choice so I don't have to get into "bit budgeting" and MPEG2 DVD export settings

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    Jan 29, 2013 5:15 PM   in reply to Delta_L_Foxtrot

    we are recording in DVCPRO50 720P.


    I don't believe that's possible.  DVCPRO50 is a standard definition format, meaning 480 for NTSC or 576 for PAL.  To get 720p you need to shoot in DVCPRO HD.


    Personally, I'd shoot in 1080p/24N for anything but sports.  For that I'd use 720p/60.  Both are high definition and have to be scaled down for DVD, but the advantage is that you leave the option for Blu-ray possible.  If you shoot in SD, then Blu-ray is pretty much off the table forever for that footage.

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