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The exported file iteself...what file format is it? Is it an MPG? AVI?
These details help :)
In the meantime...K-Lite Codec Pack is nice and adds codecs and whatnot for playback of h.264 in Media Player, etc...
You've exported into a format that requires the AJA Xena card. If you don't have that card, the file won't play.
Export to another format.
Or, what Jim said
I discovered the export was an Uncompressed Microsoft AVI. I imagine that is not what I want... For putting it on a DVD, would you recommend AVI or MPG?
I wanted to ask- what's an export format (and codec) I can use that preserves the quality the best, for putting on a DVD. I was told of a certain codec called Lagarith, but it doesn't seem to show up in Premiere or Media Encoder upon install.
For export to DVDs, I generally use the MPEG2-DVD export option. (This is on 2.0 and CS3. Haven't tried CS4 yet, but I imagine the same or similar preset must still exist.)
For standard definition DV sources I use:
1 pass VBR
Min=1.5 Target=6, Max=8
M frames=3, N frames=15
I can get up to about 90 minutes with these settings on a single layer DVD. For longer programs, I either move to dual layer disks or lower the Target and Max bitrates a little.
If you have high definition source material, things get more complicated.
Can I ask where you see this MPEG2-DVD option in CS3? Do you select Export->Movie? If so, what do you do from there?
Also, my film is only 24 minutes long. Would you still recommend this setting, or are you just using it for how many minutes you can fit on a DVD. I would think I would want to encode it so my 24 minute footage would just barely fit on the dvd because of its size (being big because of a good quality export). But I'm new to encoding.
I appreciate it.
I'll let others answer where to find the export options.
The recommended settings will do nicely for anything up to 90 minutes. It's only longer than that you 'll need to make changes.
Export movie and let Encore handle the encoding.
In CS3, you can find this option by clicking "File>Export>Adobe Media Encoder". In the AME UI that comes up, you need to click on format drop down for the MPEG2DVD format. There, you can use the preset named "NTSC High Quality". since your footage is only 24 minutes long, you can increase the "bitrate" under "video" pane. Make sure that the output size does not exceed the DVD limit.
To burn it on DVD, you can use Encore. Import the just exported file into Encore DVD project and burn it to a DVD.
If you face any problem, Do get back to this thread.