I’ve imported a video from Premiere Pro to Encore and now I want to build a menu with high quality PSD images. The images I import and even the preset menues are just very pixelate when I build the DVD and look at it the DVD player on the iMac. I’ve read about pixel ratio, NTSC or PAL, 4:3 or 16:9. There’s so many alternatives and right now I’m just totally confused.
What can I say about my project. 1920x1080, AVCHD 1080p Square pixels, 25 fps, 16:9.
I’m no pro so this is what I read about it.
I'm not a pro either. If your footage is HD. When you create your project, the DVD authoriing mode should be set to BluRay which lets you create a high quality menu (more than 720x480). I guss you chose DVD as the authoring mode. When you play our menu in full screen mode on a bigger monitor, everything will become pixelated.
I don't have the exact number (I only do DVD) but my understanding is that a DVD is "about" one-quarter the resolution of a BluRay
Any upscaling of a DVD to a HiDef screen must be done in the player (or in a TV that has the "chip" to do upscaling)
If your player and/or TV do not have upscaling... or do not have GOOD upscaling hardware... a DVD on a HiDef screen will not look good
See the picture in reply #1 http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1120039 for an understanding of sizes
That must be it but I still think it's strange.
So, you're not supposed to play the DVD in a software player in fullscreen mode. Strange.
I did some research on the BluRay issue. You can build an image from a BluRay project and then burn it to DVD but you
still have to watch it in a BluRay player.
If you choose DVD as your authoring mode, the video res. is always set to
720 x 480. Your menu will be set to this pixel dimension.
If you pick BluRay, you have an option to pick larger screen size that's what you need.
I haven't tried it yet.
Let's pick Blue-Ray for your authorizing mode, when you build your project, select DVD and see what happen.
There is no advantage to building menus larger than DVD size, unless you are going to try using them in a parallel Bluray project. In the end, Encore will downrez them to 720x480 (NTSC) either standard or widescreen. The prevailing sentiment is that it is better to downrez in photoshop or other programs than in Encore.
You also have to be careful because most of the HD sizes are square pixels and the DVD size is not.
When you are starting with this, I think it helps to start with an Encore library menu and from Encore use the "edit in photoshop" option. When you bring your high pixel graphics in, you scale them down to the Encore template.
Either way, you should not see serious pixelation unless you are playing on non-upscaling HD equipment.
I believe you're right. I've done some research and tested some diferent alternatives.
I'll try to bring the elements in via Photoshop instead.
I found another solution though that may work. I create it as a Blu-ray project and save it as a disc image.
Then I found a software that convert Blu-ray to DVD. http://www.dvdfab.com/blu-ray-to-dvd-converter.htm
What do you think about that?
Ok, me and these machines. Suddenly I got a message "Error loading transcode preset" when I sent the video from Premiere Pro.
Never happened before. So, I did a new installation of the whole CS but got a message saying that some programs may not work
properly. I installed Encore again just to check if the Error message was still ther and it was. Do you know anything about that?