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Export as DV AVI and let Encore figure it out.
How does one do that exactly? I exported the AVI from PPR CS3 thru media encoder using hi quality. It then went into the file I designated. Then I went to Encore, imported it as an asset but it came up as an MPEG and there was no timeline and it was not in the flowchart. I'm new at this and need some very basic specifics, step by step.
Any help is appreciated.
Regarding your answer - I didn't have that choise "DV AVI" There was only movie, etc.
>exported the AVI from PPR CS3 thru media encoder
I am not at my editing computer... but I'm pretty sure that you don't select Media Encoder to export as AVI
When you find the right place to export, and you then save as an AVI, you give that file to Encore
Once in Encore, you use the AUTOMATIC setting to tell Encore to figure out how to make your timeline fit on a DVD
export-movie. Not media encoder.
Make sure your timeline is selected (highlighted). Then go to FileExportMovie...
Except the defaults. Give the file a location and name. Click on "Save"
When it is ready just import it into Encore as an Asset and then...
(John T Smith - 9:19am Mar 4, 09 PST) Once in Encore, you use the AUTOMATIC setting to tell Encore to figure out how to make your timeline fit on a DVD
Okay I followed all the instructions, it's rendered and imported as an asset. It's set on automatic, but how on earth can I get it down to the timeline?
Read the manual.
If using Lawrence's method at #7, I prefer importing as a timeline; Encore will set it up for you and place on the timeline.
You can also click on the asset in the project panel, and then Timeline -> New Timeline.
You are going to continue to run into issues. If you prefer hands on to reading, try tutorials.
Select encore and the "Workflow" option. It doesn't matter that it is using bridge to import the asset. If will help you find your way around a bit better.
Also, go to the Encore forums here and search for anything that is a problem.
It worked! A big thank you to all of you who were patient. I'm a retired social worker trying to get some things into my thick skull. Once I learn them they seem so easy. And, yes, I read the manual, do Classroom in a Book, buy from Lynda.com. I've purchased three years of tech support and I love Adobe help people, but can't afford them this year. Thanks again.
For a quickstart with Encore, I highly recommend Jeff Bellune's book, "Focal Easy Guide to EncoreDVD2," by Focal Press. Though it was written for Encore2, most of it still applies. The only thing that has really changed with CS3 & CS4 is tighter integration between PP and Encore. The basics are all still there, and Jeff explains them very well. The book is available from Amazon.com, and other online sellers.
Glad you got is sorted out,
First, I don't believe you said if this was an HD file or not. Secondly, are you trying to fit it onto a 4.7g DVD or are you using a double layer DVD etc?
A couple of options:
If you can afford $37, I would definately look at buying TMPGEnc. I've tried a bunch of mpg encoders over the years and there's really nothing that can touch it. I also use their DVD Authoring program which isn't very fancy, but it's very functional. You can choose to make your mpg just about as small as you want with TMPGEnc and it will still look amzingly like the DV file it came from (I'm going to assume you're just making standard def DVD files since your source was only VHS).
The other option is to go ahead and use Encore to make an mpg file at it's highest setting. Yes this will create a big file. Then find a copy of DVDShrink (it's free) to shrink the file to any size you want. Shrink is excellent at this. I've put up to five hours of movie footage onto one 4.7g dvd using Shrink. I don't think they make it or upgrade it anymore, but you can still find all kinds of sites offering downloads for DVDShrink. It's also a heck of a DVD ripper.
Oh, sorry, I see you've worked out your problem already.