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Uncompressed or Lagarith.
Okay, next question...
I'm going to have to go with an uncompressed Quicktime file, since I need a 5.1 mix and I can't export with Lagarith to anything but AVI in Stereo.
I exported by selecting quality at 100 percent and "None" for my codec. Actually, I'll list all the settings I used below:
Video Codec: None
Frame Rate: 23.976
Field Type: Progressive
Render at Maximum Depth - Checked
Aspect: Square Pixels (1.0)
Codec Settings: 32 bit
Optimize Stills - Not checked
I had to try a couple of different times with different options, but these are the settings that worked best for me. I rendered the first 45 seconds of the EPK and it produced an enormous 3.2 gigabyte file that appeared to be full quality.
Are these settings good to go with, or is there anything that I can do better? Different options? I'm particularly concerned about outputting the file in full 720p and 16x9, I had to mess around with the Aspect and manually set the height and width to 1280x720 before it looked right. Should I do things any other way?
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All settings look good. I would use the same. Can you export with 5.1 sound using the Surcode plug-in?
Hmmmmm don't think I have the Surcode plug-in, let me investigate and I'll report back.
I can't export with Lagarith to anything but AVI in Stereo.
I believe Stereo is all you can do with Premiere native, regardless of format. For a 5.1 mix, you'd need the SureCode plug-in, or you'd need to export out all your .wav tracks separately and bring them into another program which can make a proper 5.1 .wav mix, which you'd then Interleave with a video only Lags file.
Getting ready to export the finished file, hopefully tonight. But here's my question/issue about the audio with regards to Surecode to clarify things.
I don't actually need a 5.1 mix for this EPK. I didn't do a real 5.1 mix per se, and the people who watch this at home when the DVD comes out are not going to be watching it in 5.1, they're going to be watching it in stereo. However, the distributor, when they sent us the specs on the deliverables, instructed that the HDCAM tape for the EPK should be broken up into four channels. Left and right front would dialogue and main program audio, left rear would be sound effects/background and rear right would be music.
In order to get that channel separation I needed to create a timeline in Premiere that was set to 5.1 audio, and then use source channel mappings to map the channels the right way, then export as a Quicktime that was set to 5.1 audio. I tried exporting a few minutes of this and it seemed like it worked.
Are you saying though that this will be a no-go without Surecode?
The other way to do your Video Export : Setting 960x720 with an anamorphic PAR (1.333)
This is native to HDVCPRO 720p. Frame size ends up same.
Never tested both side by side for quality or encode speed but it maybe quicker due to less processing of the PAR.
SureCode will create a single Dolby Digital file with 5.1 audio. I'm not aware of any way to get discrete multi-channels out to tape through Premiere alone. Perhaps one of the add-in cards from BlackMagic or AJA would allow this functionality...
Okay, so let me get this straight - even if I create a Quicktime file with a 5.1 timeline, even if I use source channel mappings to separate the channels the way the distributor wants them, the post house still won't be able to use that file to create a tape with the proper channel separation?
Well, actually now that I think about it, if you can monitor the 5.1 sound during editing, you should be able to hook up to a deck in some way. Just connect the four used channels, ignoring the rest.