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Old September 30th, 2003, 01:14 PM   #1
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What's the best mpg decoder for the Mac?

I'm making lots of DVDs with iDVD 3... ad I'm using the decoder included with QuickTime and iDVD3. Is there a better mpg decoder out there that I can use to get better picture quality?


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Old October 1st, 2003, 12:27 AM   #2
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Re: What's the best mpg decoder for the Mac?

<<<-- Originally posted by William Velasquez : I'm making lots of DVDs with iDVD 3... ad I'm using the decoder included with QuickTime and iDVD3. Is there a better mpg decoder out there that I can use to get better picture quality?


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The Apple Compressor that comes with Final Cut Pro 4 and DVD Studio Pro 2.

Otherwise, you can buy one that MacAddict says got beaten by Apple Compressor in their tests called Discreet Cleaner (www.discreet.com, $549). For that kind of money, buy DVDSP 2 for $500 and get the Apple Compressor FREE! (Or buy the FCP 4 upgrade, unless you don't have it).

FREEBIE FREEBIE FREEBIE! Zip, zero, nada!

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Old October 1st, 2003, 10:16 AM   #3
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Thanks Heath for your reply.

I am thinking about upgrading to FCP4 and DVDSP 2 soon.... so I guess I should see the a better picture quality then.

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Old October 1st, 2003, 10:59 AM   #4
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William,

Are you exporting raw DV files from FCP, then importing them into iDVD? If you do that, the image quality should be fine. (select "Export" then "Final Cut Pro"...then just drag and drop that file into the iDVD project window)

If you're exporting as Quicktime, then importing into iDVD, you'll see a drop in image quality.
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Old October 1st, 2003, 01:07 PM   #5
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Hello John,

Yes!!!!

I'm exporting raw dv as quicktime then droping them in iDVD3.

Thanks! I'll start exporting from now on as FCP Movie and get a better picture quality.

WOOOO HOOOO!!!

off to export!

Thanks John :)

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Old October 1st, 2003, 03:13 PM   #6
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IMHO(and many many others) that(the old QT) encoder isn't that good as you're finding. You have to keep the bitrate up and it washes your footage out. Compressor as mentioned is good but IMHO BitVice is better a lot of the time. http://www.innobits.se

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Old October 1st, 2003, 03:30 PM   #7
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I guess I should mention that if you get dvdsp you can use any 3rd party encoder you like. From free(pc) to very expensive $$$$$ and there are afew mentioned here not all mac though http://www.dvddemystified.com/dvdfaq.html#5.3.1

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