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Old August 4th, 2008, 11:12 AM   #1
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Cinema Craft Encoder for Mac

Anyone using this?
http://www.omni-cinemacraft.com/prod...ncodermp.shtml

I have been extremely disappointed with the SD-DVDs that we get from our XDCam HD masters. So far I've tried Sorenson Squeeze 5 (encoding and burning), Compressor (encoding), DVD Studio Pro (encoding and burning) and Toast 9 (encoding and burning).
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Old August 4th, 2008, 09:16 PM   #2
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Go for it! Not sure on the Mac side, but on PC it's the Cadillac of all software encoders; the pro version is often used in Hollywood productions.
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Old August 5th, 2008, 03:33 PM   #3
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I've been interested in that sucker as well. Curious as to the workflow with it. Just export out of your SD timeline straight to it and that's it?!
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Old August 6th, 2008, 05:59 AM   #4
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I've been interested in that sucker as well. Curious as to the workflow with it. Just export out of your SD timeline straight to it and that's it?!
It's listed as a plug-in for Compressor so I imagine the workflow would be to export to Compressor and then you just have all of the Cinema Craft options in addition to those offered within Compressor. I think Cinema Craft does the actual encoding vs Compressor although you can take advantage of the streamlined Final Cut/Compressor interface. This is all conjecture as I haven't used it yet. Would love to hear from someone who has actually compared encoding quality between Cinema Craft vs Compressor alone in a Mac environment.
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Old August 6th, 2008, 06:44 AM   #5
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All I have is the old SD only version on PC - the results make other encoders look like VHS copies...

Personally I can't tell you much about the Mac version but I recommended CCraft to a Mac/FCP friend and he bought it recently; he is on vacation right now, coming back to Atlanta I believe next week. I will share his experience after I talk with him.

It did a pretty good job on Spiderman 3... it should make you happy too... (see other movies encoded with it at http://www.omni-cinemacraft.com/dvdreviews.shtml). And it has been used on some of the most recent BlueRay titles as well, see http://www.omni-cinemacraft.com/hd-dvd-reviews.shtml... probably not the version you will be buying but still, nothing else comes even close to it.
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Old August 6th, 2008, 12:03 PM   #6
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All I have is the old SD only version on PC - the results make other encoders look like VHS copies...

Personally I can't tell you much about the Mac version but I recommended CCraft to a Mac/FCP friend and he bought it recently; he is on vacation right now, coming back to Atlanta I believe next week. I will share his experience after I talk with him.

It did a pretty good job on Spiderman 3... it should make you happy too... (see other movies encoded with it at http://www.omni-cinemacraft.com/dvdreviews.shtml). And it has been used on some of the most recent BlueRay titles as well, see http://www.omni-cinemacraft.com/hd-dvd-reviews.shtml... probably not the version you will be buying but still, nothing else comes even close to it.
Thanks for your replies Ervin. I REALLY wish the Mac Plug-In could handle Blu-Ray encodes as well as SD-DVD. I hope that is coming soon. Also- I wish I could afford the Hollywood version (which I'm pretty sure is hardware based) because most movie releases to SD-DVD look great. I look forward to your friend's analysis on CCraft with Compressor vs just Compressor by itself. Thanks.
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Old August 7th, 2008, 08:54 AM   #7
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I managed to reach my friend via e-mail in London, the UK... here's what he responded.

"Cinema Craft is great. I'm encoding at 6 passes max 9800, min 7000, avg. 8000 and it looks awesome.

I have it as a Plug In for "Compressor" (Apple's app for conversion).

Workflow is really straight forward. I just add the videos to the conversion queue and I let it do its thing."
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Old August 8th, 2008, 10:58 AM   #8
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Have had great experiences with CC encoder SD version on the PC. I am still using it on my SD editor but have not upgraded to the Blu-ray yet.

I've never heard or seen a bad word said about Creative Craft encoders.
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