If I select H.264 1080i, 29.97fps VBR 2-pass PP CS6 is recommending a target bit rate of 30 mbps and a max of 40 mbps. However, if I switch to H.264 Blu-ray I get 25/30. I was curious if there are logical reasons here for the difference.
In case it matters ... home movie (birthday parties, spring break trip, etc.), target output is playback on PC and PS3, and then Blu-ray disc. I've given up on the one file concept and was leaning towards an .mp4 and then separate .m4v/.wav files to feed to Encore. Curious what you would set for bit rates, if you would go VBR 2-pass, etc. (encoding time is not an issue).
About the same as the source.
Blu-ray has bitrate limitations that computer files don't. (That's my guess on why the difference.)
Anyway, a preset is nothing more than a starting point, not the final authority on what you can export.
As Jim suggests, the max Encore offers in project set up (and I think it is the bluray spec) is 40Mbps - video and audio combined. So you should avoid a 40Mbps video only max rate.