I'm using CS6 Master Collection on a Win7 (SP1) PC (over in PAL land). Believe it or not this is my first atempt at authoring to Encore (been outputting for the web for several years and the softewre I used to use doesn't work on Win7!)
I've just had a real rush job and I need to put it on a DVD this evening (GMT) that plays as a loop for a stand at a trade show. Is there a quick easy way? I'm exporting from PremierePro as an AVI (or should I export as MPG 2?) which is 18 minutes long. I do not need menus or any fancy stuff; I just need to whack the DVD into the player and let it play as a loop.
Any advice would be welcome as I've run out of road and need to get it on disk in the next few hours and my nerves are getting a bit freyed.
In Encore, make a timeline for the video. Make it first play. Set the end action of the timeline to itself.
Two methods for export.
Export from Premiere as MPEG2-DVD. You will get two files: m2v and a3c. From Encore, import "as timeline" and select both files.
From PR, do not export, select File -> Adobe Dynamic Link -> Send to Encore. This will open Encore. Just make a timeline as above.
If your source is high def, dynamic link (DL) is more likely to cause problems. At the first sign that DL isn't working, use the export from PR method.
In your other thread, you identify your material as HDV. If you go the DVD route, you will be downrezzing, whether using the MPEG2-DVD export or DL. Use an upscaling player and you will get your best quality. If the player they are using is DVD, you have no choice but to downrez.
Or use a bluray disk and player. Export to H264-bluray.
Same authoring workflow: create timeline in Encore, end action on timeline to itself. Burn to BD-R. See if that gives you what you want.
Thanks guys for all your replies. I tried the DL route from Pr. Before I spend a bunch of time, when I viewed from the timeline, the image on the Encore monitor looks very poor. Is this usual or have I got a problem? My Pr sequence settings are 1440x1080, 25fps, upper field.
The image in the monitor will look better than what you will see once it is downrezzed to DVD size. Make sure you are looking at the monitor set to 100% (not "fit" or 200%) so that it is not over-enlarged.
You will not know what you have until you are looking at the disk playing on the player/TV.
Try it both ways and see what you get.
It is short so transcode time is not an issue, right? If it is, use a short section with movement as your sample.
Thanks again, Stan
I don't know why the quality is so poor. I imported the MPG2DVD version (which is 720x576, upper field first) and just resized from fit to 100% and it looks... worse as it actually made the image larger with lots of interlacing looking artifacts. I suppose I'd better try to burn a disc. In the "end action" I see my movies name, chapter 1. I assume that's what I choose?
I don't know why the quality is so poor. I imported the MPG2DVD version (which is 720x576, upper field first) and just resized from fit to 100% and it looks... worse
Try the DL also. It will max the quality.
In the "end action" I see my movies name, chapter 1. I assume that's what I choose?
Don't worry about the Encore preview quality. It is worrisome, but if you get good results from the burned disk, you get the job done.
The test you want is on the equipment that will be used. If they are using a small HD TV (or larger even more so), you want an upscaling player. Test it on the combination they will use.
Ann's suggestion is to look at whether you are getting the best quality out of your export settings. This is critical. When you have a disk with very little on it, Encore's automatic setting will normally max the quality. But, as noted above, it may not do a good job on down rezzing.
After a long day at the trade show, many thanks again, everyone, for all your help and guidance. It was much appreciated.
The DVD copy was significantly better than the preview monitor (which was sending me into meltdown as that would not have been a good advert if that were the finished article). TBH everything I do now days is either for the web or played direct from a file on a SD that transcoding isn't the same problem. Although the image wasn't as crisp as I should have liked, it was acceptable and everyone was happy/ impressed by it. The only issue was (having tested here), the DVD (Verbatim) seemed to stick at a couple of places after a few runs but I think I can blame the DVD player as it played smoothly after ejecting and reloading the DVD (not always the disks producer's fault).
However I will post a screenshot of my export settings as it I've had enquiries about producing other versions (thanks to you guys) and any advice would be welcome.
Many thanks. I will give that a try but my card is a Nvidia FX3800 so I should be OK without max rendering, Shouldn't I? When I have tried max rendering, it took forever and the quality never seemed an improvement (but then Maybe I should have set your VBR suggested rates).
my card is a Nvidia FX3800 so I should be OK without max rendering,
For quality, GPU export for sure: