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  • Quality on Commercial DVD vs Encore made DVD

  • Carlos Angeli

    March 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Hi, I wonder if there are any particular procedures that commercial DVD’s are submitted to, in order to achieve a certain quality.

    I have built several DVD’s for clients using Premiere and Encore and have noted the following:

    -Using Dynamic Link to export to Encore is faster than exporting an MPEG2-DVD file and then importing to Encore, on the expense of quality loss.

    -After the DVD is created in Encore, Video and typography in particular, lose crispness.

    I realize this results can/ should be expected because of DVD’s standard quality, but the difference seems to me more obvious than in a commercial DVD.

    Any thoughts on the above would be really appreciated. Thanks!

  • Jeff Pulera

    March 15, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Hi Carlos,

    Hollywood DVDs are starting off with a very high quality source to start with, usually film. Next, the MPEG-2 encoding solution can cost upwards of $40k, and is operated by a skilled Compressionist that will manually tweak the encode settings of each individual scene to maximize quality.

    If you can tell use more about your workflow, myself and others can make suggestions to help improve your results.

    What is the source video – DV, HDV, AVHCD? 1080i, 1080p, 720p?
    Sequence settings?
    MPEG-2 encode settings?

    There are many variables and adjustments that can be made to get the best results.


    Jeff Pulera
    Safe Harbor Computers

  • Carlos Angeli

    March 15, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Hi Jeff,

    the client usually sends me a movie trailer (NTSC/ usually 1080p but also 1080i or even PAL). I put some still images for the background along with the movie theater logo, on a Photoshop file and send it to Premiere. I then put together, both background image(psd) and movie trailer in a Premiere sequence.

    –Sequence settings: NTSC/ 720×480/ Fields: Progressive. *This varies according to source file.

    As I have to scale down the original video to fit the sequence, I use flicker removal after some bad experiences with flickering subtitles.

    Then, I export using a preset: MPEG2-DVD Match Source Highest quality. After that, I import video and audio files to Encore, set the timeline and menu and save as an ISO file. Finally I burn the DVD.

  • Jeff Pulera

    March 15, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Hi Carlos,

    I would recommend editing in a sequence to match the source footage, like 1080p for instance. This keeps the quality as good as can be while adding titles, graphics, etc. , rather than scaling it all down to SD immediately.

    When edit is completed, then you can export to DVD. Rather than “Match Source”, choose “NTSC Wide screen high quality” preset, or add “progressive” to that choice if suitable.

    Under the VIDEO tab, manually configure the encode rate as CBR 8 (7 if you want to feel safer about playback compatibility).

    Last thing – at bottom of AME window, check the box for “Maximum Render Quality” – this improves the downscaling quality.

    This should yield better results for you

    Jeff Pulera
    Safe Harbor Computers

  • Carlos Angeli

    March 15, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Thanks Jeff. So, you are suggesting to keep the settings at 1080p and scale down the video on the AME settings?

  • Jeff Pulera

    March 15, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Correct, you have 1080p source footage? Edit at 1080p. When finished, you can then export to HD or SD destinations. Vimeo or YouTube HD, Blu-ray, DVD, etc.

    You should get better downscaling when using MAX RENDER in AME than when dropping HD clips into an SD sequence


  • Michael Brassert

    March 16, 2012 at 3:00 am

    I had been agonizing for a long time on how to do a perfect hd to sd. I finally came up with a perfect simple solution that works better an anything short of a Snell Alchemist. I playback the HD movie on my monitor and shoot it with my SD camera. It comes out perfect.

  • Carlos Angeli

    March 16, 2012 at 7:51 pm


    Jeff, Your advice helped me improve the final SD video, so thanks a lot.
    Michael, I don’t have an SD camera, but thanks for the tip. I’d have never thought of that.

  • eric pautsch

    March 17, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Im pretty sure Micheal is joking….at least I hope he is!!

    Here’s a really good tutorial which yields the absolute best results using AVISnyth and Virtual dub– not for newbies though

    and more

    and more


  • Carlos Angeli

    March 17, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Thanks Eric, I’ll look in to them and make a comparison against my current workflow. I’ll comment on the results.

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