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It is unlikely that one vs two-pass has anything to do with an Encore pgc error, but, hey, if it works, go for it. Others have said that they see little benefit to the 2pass, so do a short test of each and see what you think.
Google bit rate calculators to estimate the size you need.
If it were me, I'd use 1 pass VBR with Min=1.5, Target=6, Max=8.
thanks for the suggestions
Jim - this max value , is it determined by encore or the burner itself? I inevietably recieve errror when attemting to go beyond 7.5
>I inevietably recieve errror when attemting to go beyond 7.5
What does the error message say?
it's the dreadful
"input contract violation error"
as far as i get it this error relates directly to bitrate-problems/conflicts
>this max value , is it determined by encore or the burner itself?
Neither, you set it in Premiere. I've never gotten any errors using the suggested settings, so they are an unlikely cause of that error message.
@Jim :"Neither, you set it in Premiere" ouch,- this I know of course Jim.
I can lower the bitrate values(target ~5 , max 6.5-7) and produce adequate DVD's -- but then knowing and forced to accept that I have not used "the whole potential" - if you see what I mean. There seem to be a direct relation between bitrate values and this error.
Pressing bitrate -> crash :-(
So my question basically sums up
i) does Encore in any way "see" the capacity of my burner and as such adopts to what migth be inferior performance
ii)or should I principally handle this as an software issue to be solved or
iii)maybe give in and upgrade my burner ?
Your burner doesn't know what bit rate is in the data being burned. :)
If you set Encore's transcoding settings to "automatic" then it will take the capacity of the DVD disc into account, but not any capacity (whatever that should be) of your burner. It seems most likely that the error is caused by some kind of software problem.
>There seem to be a direct relation between bitrate values and this error.
That's the part I question, as I've never had that error and I use these settings all the time.
>does Encore in any way "see" the capacity of my burner and as such adopts to what migth be inferior performance
Only if you export out a DV file and set Encore to use Automatic transcode. In that case it'll set the bitrate as high as it can and still make the program fit on the disk.
But in my scenario, you're using Premiere to export the MPEG file directly. Encore just imports the thing and uses it as is.
>should I principally handle this as an software issue to be solved
>maybe give in and upgrade my burner
Depends on the model you have now. If you go this route, Sony/NEC just released an update to the model I have, their new 7240S under the Optiarc brand. I have the 7200S and with the right media, this burner actually produces disks with fewer errors than the pressed disks from Hollywood.