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I think there have been some observational errors here. Premiere during DV capture creates only 1 file - AVI. Around 13 GB is correct for a full hour tape.
The .m2v and .wav files are not generated during the DV capture process. These are more likely the exported files when you go to make the DVD.
The size difference you see is a result of MPEG compression, and is normal for the process. To get a "larger" file using less compression, export of of Premiere as a DV file rather than MPEG. (Use Export Movie rather than Export to Encore.)
Once in Encore, it will transcode the file to make sure it's fits on the disk.
DVD-Video allows a maximum bit rate of 9.8Mb/s for video plus audio. That means that a one hour movie can never be larger than 4.3GB. No need to use a (less compatible) dual layer DVD. :)
Thanks for the information, I'll try the "Export Movie" option rather than "Export to Encore".
Also, I agree with the 9.8Mb/s. But since my output was only 1.5GB and not 4.3 I decided to ask the real experts. :)
Thanks for your time guys, I'll try out this tonight and see if I can close this post tomorrow.
Thanks and have a great day.
One problem with the Export movie option.
Every time you want to make a new version of a DVD in encore (or any other DVD authoring program) it will have to go through the lengthy encoding process.
Here's a way to only encode once.
In premiere pro:
File> Export> Adobe media encoder
In the top right select MPEG2-DVD from the drop down list.
In the tabs below you can change your bitrates and set your other options. The higher the bitrates of audio and video the higher the quality. Look at the estimated file size down the bottom of the window. Keep it under the capacity of the disc you will burn to. Leave some room for DVD menus if they apply.
In the multiplexer tab choose DVD as the option. This will make one file that you can bring into Encore and this way you can make as many versions as you like in Encore without it having to do any encoding, this could save you many hours potentially.
I always recommend rendering out only a small amount of video for the first time just to test. You can still burn this small section to DVD to test on your TV that the whole workflow is going fine.
Select a small bit of footage in premiere with the work area bars and when you're rendering with the media encoder set the 'range' to 'Work area'. No point re-rendering EVERYTHING just to fix some small problem.
>Every time you want to make a new version of a DVD in encore
Clarify. How do you define "new version"? New menu design? New edits to the program? What?
When I say 'new version' I mean any changes in the DVD authoring, new versions of the burnt DVD. Considering every time you burn a disc it is a different version of the product. Nothing to do with software upgrades, sorry the statement was a bit confusing I'm not sure 'version' is the best way to describe it.
I've seen lots of people make their DVD authoring program re-encode a whole disc several times because they can't get a button to work.
Creating the mpeg2 outside of the authoring program has always been a better idea for me anyway :)
Thanks you all for the information.
I truly appreciate your help on this matter.
>Considering every time you burn a disc it is a different version
How do you figure? Unless you change something before burning, it'll be the exact same project. But even if you do change something in the authoring, that doesn't necessarily require a retranscode of assets.
That's fine Francois, hopefully this has been helpful and not too confusing.
I'm not sure if new versions of encore store the mpeg2s when they are rendered once. If they do that's great. I know that previously I've used DVD authoring programs that don't store the encoded files they generate before a burn and therefore must re-encode every time you burn a disc, wasting plenty of time.
I thought it might be handy for Francois to keep that in mind if he plans to use a variety of DVD software.
Encore does store the transcodes. Newly burned disks of the same project will not require a retranscode. Creating either a DV AVI for Encore to transcode or an MPEG2 right from Premiere are both quite usable methods in many cases.
Cool, that's handy.