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  • Any thoughts on best mpeg2 encoding software ?

     Tim Kolb updated 16 years ago 8 Members · 25 Posts
  • Mike Smith

    April 1, 2005 at 11:12 pm

    Best quality, most control, easy to use, rather than just fastest, that would be …

  • Aanarav Sareen

    April 1, 2005 at 11:35 pm

    Best is subjective…

    I prefer to use Procoder 2 from Canopus. A bit pricey, but can be used for multiple purposes.

  • Tim Kolb

    April 2, 2005 at 6:37 am

    I’m a ProCoder guy as well…it’s the swiss Army Knife of video file conversion.

    …and it does very good multi-pass MPEG encoding.

    TimK
    Kolb Syverson Communications
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    2004, 2005 NAB Post Production Conference Premiere Pro Technical Chair
    Author, “The Easy Guide to Premiere Pro” http://www.focalpress.com
    “Premiere Pro Fast Track DVD Series” http://www.classondemand.net

  • Steven L. Gotz

    April 2, 2005 at 7:13 pm

    OK. I understand the value of a good encoder. But it has to overcome the fact that you are encoding to AVI first. Right? So it is better even after that?

    That would be a significant reason to buy it, for sure.

    Steven
    Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5 / After Effects 6.5 Pro
    https://www.stevengotz.com
    Learning Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5 https://www.lynda.com
    Contributing Writer, PeachPit Press, Visual QuickPro Guide, Premiere Pro 1.5

  • Aanarav Sareen

    April 2, 2005 at 8:45 pm

    > So it is better even after that?

    Yes, I think so. I don’t have time right now, but if you want I can create a comparision between Premiere’s encoder and Procoder’s encoder. Also, Procoder Express uses the same encoding engine and is a lot cheaper ($60(

  • Steven L. Gotz

    April 2, 2005 at 10:49 pm

    I would be very interested in finding out if Procoder really creates an MPEG2 file that is better than one created from within Premiere Pro using the Adobe Media Encoder – even though you have to encode to DV AVI before encoding to MPEG2.

    Very interested.

    Steven
    Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5 / After Effects 6.5 Pro
    https://www.stevengotz.com
    Learning Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5 https://www.lynda.com
    Contributing Writer, PeachPit Press, Visual QuickPro Guide, Premiere Pro 1.5

  • Aanarav Sareen

    April 2, 2005 at 11:08 pm

    [Steven L. Gotz] “even though you have to encode to DV AVI before encoding to MPEG2.”

    Not entirely true. You can export an MPEG 2 directly from Premiere. File > Export > Procoder Wizard (or something like that)
    Take a look at this screen shot:
    https://asvideoproductions.com/forum_imgs/procoderss.JPG

  • John Hand

    April 3, 2005 at 1:36 am

    Aanarav is quite correct; direct to MPEG2 from timeline using Procoder. You don’t need to render a AVI first.

    In my studio we’ve used and tested quite a few encoders over the years. Procoder (full or express) does NOT do a better job than the built-in MainConcept PremierePro encoder. Your mind may tell you so (because it costs MORE money), but it simply isn’t true. MainConcept is actually very very good.

    If you need a “slightly” higher quality MPEG2, then purchase the CinemaCraft Basic, which produces visibly better results than either Procoder or MainConcept (but NOT by much).

    All in all, the quality of all these encoders is quite spectacular.

    Jon R. Hand

  • Steven L. Gotz

    April 3, 2005 at 2:55 am

    I would be happy with Jon’s answer, but if anyone (Tim Kolb) besides Jon and Aanarav wanted to argue this out, I would be enthralled reading the posts.

    I didn’t know about the plugin, so that makes a huge difference. But MainConcept is being used by so many companys now. Is Procoder really any better?

    Is Jon correct? Or are you guys getting ready to rumble?

    Steven
    Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5 / After Effects 6.5 Pro
    https://www.stevengotz.com
    Learning Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5 https://www.lynda.com
    Contributing Writer, PeachPit Press, Visual QuickPro Guide, Premiere Pro 1.5

  • Aanarav Sareen

    April 3, 2005 at 2:56 am

    [Steven L. Gotz] “Is Jon correct? Or are you guys getting ready to rumble?”

    Is that a challenge? 😀 Give me a couple of hours and I will give you a comparision.

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