Thanks for the info. So the bottom line........will I get a better quality if I create the MPEG2-DVD file vs just importing the Premiere project into Encore? Will I gain any quality if I change VBR,1 pass to VBR, 2 pass?
I would love to be abale ot play around with the bitrate but I dont want to screw anything up and I have not done any bit calculations in the past.
In Encore in the MPEG2-DVD "match Source Attributes" setting, the default under "basic video settings" is
VBR, 1 Pass
Min Bitrate 2.8
Target Bitrate 5
Max Bitrate 7
M Frames 3
N Frames 12
Would you recommend changing any of these settings?
If you want to get things right you need to do some trial and error.
I would set it to vbr2 target to 7 and max to 8 or 9.
If the files are too big then lower the bitrate.
A bit rate calculator is your best aid.
Glad you're asking these questions because they are exactly what I want to know too.
I have been importing sequences from Pr, then using the Progressive Hi Q 7Mb VBR 2-pass preset, which looked to be the highest quality preset.
However, after a series of problems (associated with multiple sequences in the one timeline), I re-coded using the Automatic preset.
I compared DVDs produced by the two presets on a high quality player.
I couldn't spot any differences in colour, contrast, brightness, etc, but I could see that when objects moved, the Automatic gave clearer motion! ie, less edge artifacts (can't remember the correct term).
This surprised me because I always thought a 2-pass encode was superior to a 1-pass one.
So, until I find out more about encoding, I'll stick to the Automatic preset for projects I encode in Encore.
Might try encoding in Premiere Pro - as Ann suggests.
Nevertheless, i'd be interested in your findings.