Need help with Compressing Movies

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Firebrandmac, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. Firebrandmac macrumors newbie

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    Hi Guys,

    How do you compress a 24 gig movie to fit onto a DVD in DVD studio Pro, I can't seem to get the compression low enough, as my last compression was about 5gig :(

    And also which is better? To export a movie first from Final Cut Pro, then compress with compressor? or send it to compressor straight from Final cut?


    many many thanks!
     
  2. -DH macrumors 65816

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    24gb of WHAT? For DV, that would be just under two hours, but other formats will vary. Go by the duration of your program:

    Export a self-contained movie from FCP (File->Export->QuickTime Movie).

    Use Compressor to encode the self-contained movie by choosing the preset that fits with your program's duration. Compressor will create an MPEG-2 video file and an AC3 audio file.

    Import those two files into DVD-SP for authoring and burning.

    -DH
     
  3. xStep macrumors 68000

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    I was thinking the same thing.

    Firebrandmac, you may have to create a custom export setup in Compressor and lower the data rates until you get a size to fit the DVD. I'm sure there is a tutorial out there somewhere about how to do that.

    There are several options for DVD MPEG2 exports. I think they are named in minutes such as 'DVD: Best Quality 120 Minutes 4:3'. I'm referencing Compressor 2. Same for the audio and you my want to drop AIFF.
     
  4. Annunaki macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    A few weeks back, I actually wrote a little article on my Company Website which discusses the Pro's and Cons of exporting directly to compressor vs exporting a Self Contained movie first and bringing that into compressor.

    You can find the corresponding article here.

    From my personal experience I prefer to export a Self Contained movie using the same settings as the Sequence or Original material. Once that is done, I bring the movie into Compressor to do it's job.

    But feel free to have a look at the article and do not hesitate to post comments on it :)


    Regards,


    Stefaan
     

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