I took approximately 2.5 hours of video of my son's wedding last year using my 3CCD Panasonic NV-MX300 video camera and want to create an authored Bluray from the footage, which is spread over 3 DV Video tapes.
My basic principle was this: - to capture the footage as is to my PC and then edit it a little and do some work on parts of the sound which came out poor because I forgot to "zoom" the mic doh! Then I simply wanted to Export the timeline in order that the "finished Video" can be authored in another program.
My work with Adobe Premiere CS5 is extremely limited but after watching some tutorials, I have managed to capture the 3 DV tapes and have 3 clips (the 3 full tapes) in my Project. 2 of these clips are roughly 10.5 Gb's each and another 13.7 Gb - so 35 Gb ish of captured footage. I have placed these in the timeline and juggled bits of them into the right order using the Razor Edit Tool and have manged to increase the sound relative to the overall video in the half dozen sections which were "quiet". From my point of view this has been a huge learning curve and I have come from knowing nothing about this program to this point in a matter of a few days.
So when I open my "saved" project, it opens exactly as I want it to and plays perfectly within Adobe Premiere's timeline. The footgae has hardly been cut as I want the completed video as it was shot, save for the few bits I have cut and replaced elsewhere - for example there was a bible reading which I wasn't able to take properly at the time but managed to get the 2 participants to do it after the service and I have managed to place the reading into the exact part of the video as if it were shot during the service. As I have said, I used the razor tool to do this by using in and out points then cutting the portion between the two points and then inserting it at the correct position in an earlier section of the timeline. Using in and out points and the razor tool to create secondary clips within the 3 main clips was the technique I used to increase the volume within some of these secondary clips. My timeline is now perfect for me but so far hasn't been rendered. I am not sure what rendering is about and whether it is necessary to render the whole timeline before exporting.
I then tried to export the timeline. I want quality footage, which is hardly any different to the original. The video was shot Widescreen PAL at 720 x 576, 25 fps 32000Hz stereo - lower (these are the details from the "Exxport/Media" screen.
I do not want to degrade the quality so experimented the other day and exported to H262.Bluray 1440x1080, with 48000Hz stereo sound thinking this would give me a nicely sized video ready for Bluray authoring. I used 2-pass encoding and after a small while the estimated time was going to be around 30 hours.
I am using a Quad 660 processor with Windows 7 64-bit. My OS is within a RAID 1 setup and my scratch disk within a separate RAID 10 setup. I wasn't overly concerned with this time as I wanted a quality output. Last night after returning home from work, the encoding had completed but the Sequence01.m4v file came out at massively reduced and compressed at about 7.8Gb which wasn't what I expected at all and the quality was lousy breaking up, blocky and stuttering. The sound wasn't there as obviously it was captured as a separate .wav file so I then decided to remux the two files in tsMuxer but the resultant .m2ts file played the sound ok but not the video which paused on the opening frame!
OK so maybe my export settings were hopeless. Maybe I should have gone for an uncompressed Microsoft Avi file for export?
Before I experiment further maybe I can ask you guys with vastly more experience what I should do now please?
As I have said the timeline isn't rendered yet - does it have to be before exporting? My requirements are simple - to have a single video/audio file with quality matching the original. My concern isn't the time it takes to export, just so long as I end up with 1 video with synch'd sound ready to author. In this latter respect I will use Menus and Chapter points for navigation - am sorry but Encore is beyond me so will be using a third party program I have used before and will include some slide shows too. Previous authoring has been limited to 2xsingle layer dvd's and 1xdual layer dvd's. This time I want to improve quality somewhat with an aim to play back on a bluray BD25 - with additional slideshows etc and music tracks to acompany the slide shows/menus, I was thinking of limiting the export to no more than say 15/20 Gb's but obviously more that the 7.8Gb achieved after my first attempt.
Thank you for reading this far - any help and advice would be greatly appreciated.
Please bear in mind I do not now want to amend my timeline in any way as I have spent enough time on it already, so really need answers limited to improving the quality of my export.