I usually use Pr to produce MPEG2-DVD files to input to Encore.
Is there another method using Pr and En to produce the best possible standard DVD video?
If I have a 60 minute video shot and edited a video in 720, 60P what settings would I use in the Pr Export command to produce MPEG2-DVD files to produce the best possible video when I use I use Encore to make a standard DVD? I am trying the following:
Render at maximun Depth: checked
Minimum Bitrate: 7
Target Bitrate: 8
Maximum Bitrate: 9
My understanding of "Max Bitrate" is that is can be helpful IF your source video had a high color depth, such as 10-bit or 12-bit video, or a lot of graphics. For regular video that started as 8-bit, then Max Depth will not help. Rather, you will want to check the box for "Max Render Quality" as this helps with the downscale quality from HD to SD.
As for 2-Pass VBR encoding, the first pass analyzes the content of the video for motion and complexity, so that it can allocate the bitrates for various scenes accordingly when it does the actual encode on the second pass. This takes longer, but should yield better results. It encodes more efficiently to squeeze the most quality possible out of the video.
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I am curious about bit rate and how that relates to the subject matter.
If you are shooting a football game on a bright sunny day that should require a high bit rate as opposed to a wedding ceremony in a poorly lit church.
If you shot and processed to DVD an hour of the football game it will take up more room on the DVD than an hour of the wedding ceremony with a variable bit rate?