Instead of letting Encore do the transcoding, let Premiere do that.
Import the two files into Encore, make menu and burn.
I usually make an iso, test it on a pc if the menu works and burn it to BD with Nero.
Not being able to copy the transitions is not a good sign.
I would isolate your last question since it seems the most problematic, i.e., create a new post with the subject being something like 'copying from timeline doesn't include transitions'.
If you are keeping the sequence the same, that is, not moving the clips after cutting and pasting them, why don't you just nest the sequence? You would preserve all your transitions, and if you need to cut out a section, you can edit the nested sequence instead.
Thanks for your reply. Yes, trancoding out of Premiere is exactly what I am hoping to do. Do I export as H.264-blu-ray to get the transcoded file? If so then this is a no-go for me because that option always crashes media encoder. I'm wondering if an upgrade from 5.5 to 6.0 would fix the issue. Anyone with similar issues?
Thanks. I have used Premiere years ago but haven't kept up on all of the latest features, and nesting is exactly what solved the problem. I don't need to cut and paste one timeline to another, I just created a new one with the nested timelines.
Now that I have the one big timeline I just need to get it output without crashing, which is proving to be a much bigger issue.
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If you are bringing it into Encore, you'll want to use File | Adobe Dynamic Link | Import Premiere Pro Sequence and let Encore transcode the media for you.
You'll only have to import the one main sequence as it will pull in all the littler sequences with it.
If you let Encore transcode it, it will find the best way to "spread the bits around" and make it fit on whatever your output format is (DVD, Blu-ray or Flash).
And CS6 is more stable than CS5 or CS5.5. And it is cheaper to get a subscription through the Creative Cloud than to buy the program outright, and you'll always have the very latest version, too. I think I've had 3 or 4 updates since I installed it last month.