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Old November 4th, 2009, 07:56 PM   #1
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Best way to convert footage for DVD?

Hello,

Like it or not personally, I have to find a way to make my 5D edited footage look acceptable on DVD and I'm having trouble doing this. I use a Mac with Premiere Pro to edit and Adobe Media Encoder for output and using Media Encoder's DVD preset. Then burning a DVD using Toast Titanium produces so many jaggy's on edges in my footage that I can't take it! Have I gotten so used to HD and Blu-ray that DVD is just inferior to my eyes or is it that HD footage just doesn't play nice outputting to DVD?

Does anyone have a workflow to get HD footage to look ok on DVD?
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Old November 5th, 2009, 06:44 PM   #2
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Here's my workflow

Comparison of NLE HD to SD downconversion quality

There's also several other options on that thread.
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Old November 5th, 2009, 10:59 PM   #3
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Thanks Ben, lots to read over there and options to try.

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Old November 6th, 2009, 05:58 PM   #4
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This is what I have tried on a PC (so you may need to run windows on it for virtual dub)

The results are flawless:

- Export 1920x1080 file to an interlaced and uncompressed or lossless codec .avi
- Import interlaced high quality .avi file to Virtual Dub (it's free)
- Select Video>Filters
- Click on Add
- Select resize
- Input desired size for NTSC or PAL - the resultant file will then be anamorphic (but the pixel aspect ratio will not be so you may need to change it later in Encore, let's say)
- Tick the box for interlaced (i guess?)
- Select Lanczos as the rescaler - this is the important bit that gives you the good downsizing
- Click OK and OK again
- Choose compression type for output (if applicable) in Video>Compression
- Save new .avi file.
- Bring this into DVD authoring program and burn

This is from the helpful advice of Perrone Ford on this very forum.

And it's much better than After Effects, from my testing.

Last edited by Mike Hannon; November 6th, 2009 at 05:59 PM. Reason: Add: "better than AE"
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