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Old July 14th, 2003, 11:31 PM   #1
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Mpeg encoding questions

I've got a short I shot on a XL-1 and GL-1 both in progressive scan mode. I'm planning to use the short as a professional calling card.

I've got access to a Sony DRU 510a along with Premiere 6.5, Vegas+DVD, Ulead DVD Workshop, Easy CD Creator 6, DVDiT PE and maybe soon Procoder 1.5 (btw, Win XP is my OS). I'd like to do some tests onto a DVD-RW and burn my final product onto a DVD-R. I have been messing with Premiere's mpeg encoder. It seems pretty thorough. Anybody have any setting tips for a professional output through Premiere? Does Premiere's mpeg encoder suck and I just not know it? Any suggestions about the other software I have listed above?

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Old July 15th, 2003, 08:45 AM   #2
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I've never looked at Premiere or the Vegas encoder (both use
the MainConcept engine I think). Generally the line of best
encoders seem to be:

1. ProCoder (moderate price)
2. CCE (expensive)
3. TMPGEnc (very cheap)

Keep in mind that the most important thing is how it looks/works
for you and your eye!
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Old July 15th, 2003, 08:51 AM   #3
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Procoder moderately priced?! Jeez, I thought it was expensive @ $600. Wonder what the CCE goes for, I couldn't find a price.
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Old July 15th, 2003, 09:13 AM   #4
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That you can't find a price says enough... It is in the thousands
of dolars range. Trust me, $600 is very moderate especially
since it can convert a whole range of formats (not only mpeg[2]).
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Old July 18th, 2003, 10:29 AM   #5
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If you use main concept go to their web site and get the patch.

It made a world of differance.
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Old July 25th, 2003, 04:03 AM   #6
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Patch? For both Vegas and Premiere? Or...?
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Old July 25th, 2003, 08:18 AM   #7
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Vegas patches to the Main Concept encoder come through Sonic Foundry (i.e. the last update to Vegas and DVDA included an update to the Main Concept encoder)
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Old July 25th, 2003, 11:55 AM   #8
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CCE Basic is only $58. It runs standalone or as a plugin for Premiere, and does a beautiful job of encoding DV footage. It'll only do 2-pass VBR, but I find that fine for my needs. Its fast as hell too.

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Old July 30th, 2003, 02:25 PM   #9
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Are you referring to TMPGEnc?? To my knowledge CCE is a bit
more expensive. Or are you talking about CCE Lite?
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Old July 30th, 2003, 03:17 PM   #10
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There is no more CCE Lite. CCE Basic is a new product, and is a stripped down version of CCE SP which sells for $58. Check out http://www.cinemacraft.com/eng/ccebasic.html for info.

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Old July 30th, 2003, 03:33 PM   #11
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Thanks for bringing that to my/our attention!
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