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  • DVD with TC….

    Posted by Shane Ross on September 20, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Posting this for a friend, but I’m pretty interested too.

    What’s the fastest way can I make a DVD of my Avid sequence with timecode window burn-in. I have access to Sorenson, Compressor, DVD Studio Pro.

    What I typically resort to on my end is adding the TC, and then playing out to my DVD Recorder and recording that way. But, if you don’t have that, what’s the way you do this?


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  • Michael Hancock

    September 20, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    I think your way is the fastest since the TC burn-in is a realtime effect.

    But if that’s not an option, I’ve always exported a Quicktime Reference (which comes with a render time wait) and use Adobe Media Encoder to compress the MPEG DVD files, and DVDSP to burn the disk. I’ve found Media Encoder faster than Compressor and Sorenson. Since that’s not an option, though, I’d go with Compressor. The presets are guaranteed to work with DVDSP, so no re-encoding will be going on there. If DVDSP doesn’t like the Sorenson output it will reprocess everything, and the last time I used Sorenson it was buggy and not that fast. I don’t even install it anymore.

    Michael Hancock

  • Richard Sanchez

    September 20, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    I would export a self contained quicktime from Avid, using Avid’s timecode burn. Then compress to MPEG 2 in compressor, then create a DVD in DVD Studio Pro. You can compress using the “Fastest Encode” template in Compressor to speed it up a bit.

    While you can use compressor to add the timecode burn, I never do because you can’t add a window or a drop shadow to the TC burn, so sometimes if your footage gets very white around the edges, the burn can be hard to read.

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  • Shane Ross

    September 20, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    My friend had SERIOUS issues with ref QTs and Compressor. But figured out that part of that was trying to add the TC in Compressor to the QT ref file.

    Media Encoder is an option…forgot about that. He has Adobe too.

    Passing this along, thanks!

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  • Glenn Sakatch

    September 24, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I’ve done timecode effect to reference movie (with audio mixdown) to squeeze to (enter name of dvd software here) without any issues.

    I find with multilayered audio i need to do a mixdown during reference creation, or i find some of my levels or dissolves don’t show up correctly in the final quicktime.


  • Clement Hobbs

    September 27, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    When trying to create BITC I’ve found that Compressor dislikes the DNxHD codec when sourcing the timecode within an Avid exported QT. First frame looks fine, then the BG image fades to almost black and doesn’t move. I’ve had this happen with Same as Source and Ref exports.

    If they’re on a Mac, I’d export as Prores and then create the mpeg file though Compressor. Not as fast as a ref QT, but pretty quick. If they’ve captured as ProRes then a ref QT should also work fine.

    The idea of rendering the TC burn window in the Avid just doesn’t appeal to me.

    Alternatively if you know the start TC of your Ref export, you could try some other encoder that lets you add a custom TC value if they cannot read the embedded TC.

  • Glenn Sakatch

    September 28, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    I believe there is a timecode addon in Squeeze if you don’t want to add it in Avid. Type up the start time and it goes from there.


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