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Old November 29th, 2009, 03:18 PM   #1
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Rendering to DVD hdv - should I go 720 or just regular NTSC DV??

I am not rendering to Blu-ray, but just have some footage shot on an hv-20 and want to render it out (1280 X 720) for DVD. What do most people use as far as rendering specs?
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Old November 29th, 2009, 05:58 PM   #2
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Your video needs to be MPEG-2 to go to DVD, so just render to that. Use Vegas' "DVD Architect NTSC Widescreen 24p" option, set the bit rate to what you want (a constant bit rate of 7.5 is about as high as you should go on DVD-R to be sure of compatibility.)
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Old November 29th, 2009, 06:16 PM   #3
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I do understand that, but I was wondering if I should set it to 1280 X 720 inside of the MPEG?
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Old November 29th, 2009, 06:31 PM   #4
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That is a higher resolution than DVD can handle, so DVD architect will just recompress it anyway. Keep it 720 x 480.
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Old November 29th, 2009, 06:40 PM   #5
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thank you for that
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Old December 1st, 2009, 06:47 PM   #6
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Actually, it's only a standard DVD that requires mpeg2 vob files. But there's nothing stopping you from putting a 720p .mpg file on a data DVD. It would be playable in all computers, a PS/3, and I bet (but I really don't know) in most blu-ray players.

Obviously you won't fit much HD on a DVD. Use mpeg4 to maximize, but older computers may not play it well.
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