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Old October 24th, 2007, 03:15 PM   #1
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HDV to DVD - How to retain quality?

Hi,

My setup is Canon XHA1 + PowerMac G5 + Final Cut Studio 2.

I have shot and edited my projects in HDV - but when I convert to mpeg2 for DVD playback, I am not happy with the results. It always looks a bit too soft for my liking! I am sure that HDV can provide better.

I processed the HDV file in Compressor (DVD, >90 min, Best Quality, Max Bit Rate 8). Then burnt the resulting file in DVD Studio Pro on to a DVD.

Do I need to shell out on a Kona LHe? Would it do the job better than software? Are there any other alternatives as that card has a pretty heafty price tag?

All I want is great looking DVDs - not too much to ask is it?

Thanks, Byron.
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Old November 5th, 2007, 10:15 AM   #2
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Hi,

My setup is Canon XHA1 + PowerMac G5 + Final Cut Studio 2.

I have shot and edited my projects in HDV - but when I convert to mpeg2 for DVD playback, I am not happy with the results. It always looks a bit too soft for my liking! I am sure that HDV can provide better.

I processed the HDV file in Compressor (DVD, >90 min, Best Quality, Max Bit Rate 8). Then burnt the resulting file in DVD Studio Pro on to a DVD.

Do I need to shell out on a Kona LHe? Would it do the job better than software? Are there any other alternatives as that card has a pretty heafty price tag?

All I want is great looking DVDs - not too much to ask is it?

Thanks, Byron.
I'm using JVC HD110 and FCS HD (1?) shooting 30p hdv, then compressor 90 best double on everything and framerate to best... etc.. I have the opposite effect.. no matter what I do it's tooooo sharpened with lots of artifacts... I'm thinking of looking at adobe again now that it is mac again, or maybe some 3rd party dvd encoder... but since you have FCP studio 2 and having options, I might not even bother with the $600 upgrade.
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