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Old November 26th, 2011, 11:56 AM   #1
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Anyone still burning DVD's?

I made a DVD today. It's been about 3 years since I had the need, but dang it DVD Studio Pro worked quickly and no problems on Lion (even with FCPX and Compressor 4 installed).

Just thought I'd throw this one in there:
If you are making 16:9 content on a SD DVD, the best option is 16:9 Letterbox (vs Pan and Scan and both).
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Old November 26th, 2011, 03:44 PM   #2
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Re: Anyone still burning DVD's?

Yes. It's still a popular distribution scheme in less connected areas and for repeat presentation such as classrooms. IMHO
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Old November 26th, 2011, 04:16 PM   #3
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Re: Anyone still burning DVD's?

DVDs everyday. BluRays once a month at most. Internet or server files, a couple of times a week.
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Old November 26th, 2011, 09:18 PM   #4
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Re: Anyone still burning DVD's?

Yes. . . burn DVDs more often than I wish I was. Also "print" on top of them with my trusty Epson Stylus Photo R200 ink-jet printer. One. . . at. . . a. . . time. . .

The burning and the ink-jet printing is my least favorite part of the "production" process.

Someday I'll purchase one of those multi-burn-and-print burner/printer thingys.

While still working with standard definition video, Apple's DVD Studio Pro has been very good to me. :-)
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Old November 27th, 2011, 10:25 AM   #5
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Re: Anyone still burning DVD's?

I just hate seeing how any footage or animation looks on an SD DVD. I think MPEG-2 is horrible.

But, thank goodness we can still make them if we need to.
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Old November 27th, 2011, 10:43 AM   #6
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Re: Anyone still burning DVD's?

Shouldn't look bad. I frequently create DVDs for projection in movie theaters and they look as good as DV tape if the compression is kept low.
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Old November 29th, 2011, 06:10 AM   #7
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Re: Anyone still burning DVD's?

All the time. I avoid the hassle of Studio Pro and simply use Compressor's direct to dvd or AVCHD with custom title screen. I have a call for one off burns down the road, so i go to disc.img and burn with toast (for SD dvds) - adding ROM files in the Toast step as needed.
I'm happy with the workflow, as i don't have a stockpiled library of physical dvds hogging my shelves like i used to. I wish i could do the same for AVCHD dvds.

I've been on the fence with getting a proper BluRay burner and media . . . most projects are less than 30 minutes and the AVCHD dvds look great and couldn't be easier.
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Old November 29th, 2011, 09:37 PM   #8
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Re: Anyone still burning DVD's?

Actually burned a few recently and found using Compressor to make the DVD file was much better looking than letting DVD Studio Pro do the conversion. Source was DVCPRO HD and had a lot fewer artifacts with compressor than DVD Studio Pro conversion. Workflow is slower but seems much cleaner.
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Old November 30th, 2011, 06:53 AM   #9
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Compressor's much faster too!
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Old December 1st, 2011, 02:43 AM   #10
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Re: Anyone still burning DVD's?

unfortunately, yes.
Just burned a test DVD of beautiful 5D footage (FCP>Compressor>DVDSP) that looked wonderful when played on the computer> 32" HDTV hooked up as a monitor.
and then i played it through a DVD player> HDTV (not HDMI).
and then i cried.
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Old December 1st, 2011, 03:00 AM   #11
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Re: Anyone still burning DVD's?

Still doing it! For my wedding customers, with professional designed DVDs and Blurays, the brides can relate their wedding DVD as hollywood movies. =)
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Old December 1st, 2011, 03:19 AM   #12
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Re: Anyone still burning DVD's?

Me too - I love DVDs. Really cheap, really reliable, easily printed, you can post them for peanuts, they can be played anywhere, by anyone, in the car, laptop, desktop, under the TV. The word ubiquitous sings with the letters DVD.

Not so with BD. It sure looks better but but only if you can play it. The b & g may want a BD, but all their guests want DVD, that's for sure.

So what's not to like? Upscaled into a big 1080 TV DVDs can look just wonderful.

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