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Best quality HDV to DVD using Premier Pro CC to Media Encoder CC and Encore

Feb 25, 2014 9:55 PM

I have been struggeling to create a decent looking DVD from my HD video.  I am a newbe.  And I have read many, many forum posts trying to learn the best practice and have come out even more confused.  Many posts are back in 2009 and I don't think they apply.  Some recommend dynamic link which does not appear to be an option for me.  So I am hoping to get a clear answer to my problems.  I am including alot of info because I don't know what is really important.

 

I have 2 types of video that I am merging into my sequences.

 

Sony:

Format                                   : AVC

Bit rate                                 : 11.5 Mbps

Maximum bit rate                         : 16.0 Mbps

Width                                    : 1 440 pixels

Height                                   : 1 080 pixels

Display aspect ratio                     : 16:9

Frame rate                               : 29.970 fps

Scan type                                : Interlaced

Scan order                               : Top Field First

 

JVC:

Format                                   : AVC

Bit rate                                 : 16.3 Mbps

Maximum bit rate                         : 17.0 Mbps

Width                                    : 1 920 pixels

Height                                   : 1 080 pixels

Display aspect ratio                     : 16:9

Frame rate                               : 29.970 fps

Scan type                                : Interlaced

Scan order                               : Top Field First

 

I set my sequence in Premier Pro CC to

AVC-Intra 50 1080i

29.97 fps

1440 x 1080

HD Anamorphic 1080 (1.3333)

30fps Drop-Frame Timecode

 

Hopefully I set up my sequence correctly???

 

Dynamic Link is not available to me, so I export the sequence.  This is where i get confused.

 

I export to MPEG2-DVD.  Preset NTSC DV Wide

 

Some forum posts say to tweek the video setting for better quality, this is what I have read:

quality to 100

minimum bit rate  4

target bitrate 6

maximum bitrate 7

click maximum render quality

 

Since my source has upper field order but PP defaults to lower field order, should I switch to upper?

 

I encode in Media Encoder. 

 

In Encore, I have my dvd settings:

MPEG-2

720x480

29.97 fps

Lower fields first  (should this be upper??)

 

I have an i5 processor, 8G ram, I am using Mecury GPU accelerator.

 

I listed a lot of stuff and I appologize.  I just think the quallity I am getting isn't there.  With these setting and what I am doing, is this as good as the quality gets?

 

Help

 
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    Feb 26, 2014 9:34 AM   in reply to jkblood

    Use a 1920 x 1080, 30i sequence for the editing, not 1440 x 1080.

     

    Start with the MPEG2-DVD option and the NTSC DV Widescreen preset.  Change the Quality to 100.  Change the Field Order from Lower to Upper.  Change the Min, Target and Max bitrates to 5, 7 and 9 respectively.  If you have hardware acceleration turned on, export away.  If you're running in Software Only mode, check the Maximum Render Quality box and then export.

     

    Bring the resulting video and audio files into Encore for authoring.

     
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    Feb 26, 2014 4:57 PM   in reply to jkblood

    I'm not sure if I have hardware acceleration.  How do I know?

     

    File>Project Settings>General...

     

     

    Does AME do the same thing as export?

     

    Yes.  But it has it's own setting for hardware acceelration in the lower right of the Queue window.

     
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    Feb 26, 2014 10:57 PM   in reply to jkblood

    AVC-I or AVCHD doesn't matter all that much.

     

    30i is the correct term for 30 interlaced frames per second, which is what you have.  60i technically means 60 interlaced frames per second, and there is no such animal.  It's the incorrect term a lot of camera makers use to designate 30i media.  So while 60i is not technically correct, in current practice it means the same thing as 30i.

     
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