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A lot depends on the source material here - how much motion content, etc. There are a lot of articles and tutorials on encoding as it is still somewhat of an art form.
Some thoughts or ideas for you to consider:
- Consider using VBR (Variable Bit Rate) which will use your data rate more effectively in some cases
- use two pass CBR (or 2-pass VBR). This will give it extra quality by looking at it twice. It will take longer to encode.
- Look at the output preview tab when in the export media to view what a frame would look like (sometimes it helps)
- Render short segments of test media to help you find the best settings for your source material.
- You might consider a 3rd party encoding program if you really need that extra 10% - Sorenson Squeeze and On2's Flix are both good products. Other guys here will chime in with some inexpensive alternatives - maybe VisualHub.
- MPEG2 breaks down most when you have high motion content. things like a wide shot of a tree with the wind blowing through it drives MPEG2 crazy.
Hope this helps,
Did you mean CINEMA CRAFT Dennis?
I'll try some of those tests over the weekend to see if I can accomplish a more acceptable MPEG2 conversion.