A FCP to DVD question

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by silverback66, Nov 25, 2005.

  1. silverback66 macrumors regular

    Sep 18, 2005
    I'm trying to make a DVD copy of the film I'm working on and I was wondering if I export it as a non-self contained movie will I still get full resolution when I put it into iDVD or DVD Studio Pro? Thanks!
  2. Lacero macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    No. If you make it non self-contained, it'll be in the MPEG2 that's not compatible with DVD SP or iDVD.

    I haven't tried it but for import into DVDSP, you will need to separate the DVD MPEG2 into elementary streams with an accompanying AIFF PCM or AC3 audio file.

    You can try DEC2AC3 and MpegStreamClip to handle conversion.

    Here's to the Crazy Ones [​IMG]
  3. HughMan macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2005
  4. WinterMute Moderator emeritus


    Jan 19, 2003
    London, England
    The best possible quality you can hope for in MPEG2 is to use a codec that allows multiple pass variable bitrate encoding.

    Quicktime's MPEG2 codec does a very creditable 2-pass VBR option that turns up hi quality DVD images from DV stream source.

    As lacero notes, you will need to export the video and audio separately, and the audio must be at 48Khz.

    DVDSP 3 onwards will do the encoding for you if you import DV stream footage, but it still uses the QT codec and I'd rather see whats going on as the process continues.

    Is there a particular reason you wish to use non-self contained? DVDSP will always need the MPEG2 code no matter what the front end codec is, transcoding from the source directly to MPEG is the cleanest way to go.

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