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Old March 19th, 2008, 04:34 PM   #1
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Best workflow from Cineform to Encore DVD

What generally gives the best quality finsihed product going from ProspectHD to a DVD encoding in Encore? which settings do people use....

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Old March 19th, 2008, 10:05 PM   #2
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Just export the file as a 720x480 CFHD and bring it directly into Encore.

Works great.

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Old March 20th, 2008, 03:09 PM   #3
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I agree with Michael. I have tried quite a few workflows to get from CFHD 1080i to DVD. My distinct impression is that Cineform Export does the best job of downsizing and reversing field order for CFHD 1080i to CFDV 480i or 480p. I have also found that I get better looking DVD images using a third party encoder (I like Procoder) for the transcode, rather than the Adobe Main Concept encoder.
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Old March 20th, 2008, 04:06 PM   #4
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TMPGnc does a great job too and is very fast for renders.

Output the big AVI's if you save them as "master's", then into TMPGnc. It's very fast with square pixel downscales of CF'd material and the mpg's look very nice indeed. Same is true with going to flv from CF.
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Old March 21st, 2008, 08:43 AM   #5
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This might help also...

Look under Timeline export and media creation, then How do I create DVD
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Old March 21st, 2008, 02:37 PM   #6
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I use sort of a modified version of what's on that page with great results. Even with my new zoomy PC (detailed in other threads around here) I'm having stability issues with Premiere. It seems to me that there are three distinct stages your project goes through before burning: rendering, transcoding and downscaling. While you can do all three in one step if you wish, I find Premiere works better and more reliably, with great quality, if you break it into three steps and don't really involve Adobe in the process at all.

I don't use Encore much; I prefer Nero because it's simpler and easier to use, for me. I know that's probably laughably amateurish, but I get great, near HDV results on standard DVD.

So here's what I do:

Render Premiere timeline to Cineform CFHD-AVI, "recompress" box UNchecked
Transcode CFHD-AVI in Premiere to Cineform m2t, "recompress" box UNchecked
Import m2t into Nero and downscale, burn

Note that Nero can't handle the CFHD-AVI directly; no matter how you set it, it wants to squeeze your 16:9 into anamorphic 4:3 with pillar boxes, hence the second step above. It works fine with Cineform m2t.

This workflow is great with Nero 7; I tried it with 8 and it wouldn't burn, but I think I may have screwed up the install or something. I'll try again and post results if different.

It takes a little more time breaking it into three steps but I get fewer crashes and better results.
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