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  • Jeff Bellune

    May 13, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    Hey Stan! I miss you too! ????

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  • Jeff Bellune

    May 13, 2020 at 11:19 am

    I don’t think Encore ever implemented buttons-over-video.

    The problem with DVD Studio Pro’ s implementations of certain features like that was that they were not DVD-spec compliant and thus replication masters couldn’t be made. That was a big problem for professional authors 15 years ago. Kind of moot now, though. ????

    Cheers,
    Jeff

  • Jeff Bellune

    May 13, 2020 at 2:06 am

    A true Blu-Ray Audio disc would have to be authored by Sony BluPrint, Sonic Scenarist, DoStudio or some other really high-dollar pro app.

    I haven’t used Encore more than casually in forever because my clients have all wanted streaming video or flash drive delivery, but you could try making the video part of a menu background, with buttons that link to other menus that contain videos and audio of the other tracks. The disc would consist of nothing but a series of menus.

    I don’t remember what audio formats are available for menu audio, so that could be an issue as well. Even if Hi-Res Audio and surround are supported on menu audio, the menu mapping could get out of control quickly.

    But at least your audience would have working buttons that could take them to other tracks and maybe to other audio formats (DTS, Dolby, Lossless, Stereo, Surround, etc.)

  • Jeff Bellune

    November 6, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    Hi Laura,

    Try , like Jan said, to write an .iso image file from Encore.

    Then use this freeware program to burn to disc (including BD-RE):

    https://www.imgburn.com/

    It’s a safe program, no malware. It doesn’t have the friendliest UI, but the default settings always work for me. It is fast and reliable. Essentially bullet-proof for burning. I’ve even donated to the author because it is an essential tool that I could not do without.

    Cheers,
    Jeff

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  • Jeff Bellune

    October 26, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Hi Klaus,

    You didn’t miss anything — I made a mistake. Sorry.

    1080i25 is not the correct terminology; I should have said 1080i50. The standard terminology for 1920×1080 video running at 25 interlaced frames per second is 1080i50, which counts the fields per second and not the frames per second.. I’ve always thought that was confusing, and I proved it again in my last post!

    So that’s what I think you should try: export to H.264 with a 1920×1080 frame size and a frame rate of 25 interlaced frames per second.

    Cheers,
    Jeff

  • Jeff Bellune

    October 25, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    You have 2 choices that won’t degrade your footage very much.
    1. Export your 1080p50 footage from Sony or Ae as 720p50, which is a BD-legal frame size/frame rate combination.
    2. Export your 1080p50 footage from Sony or Ae as 1080i25, which is also a BD-legal frame size/frame rate combination.

    Choice #1 downscales the footage to 720p, which some HDTVs will do anyway if their native resolution is 720p. Downscaling is not nearly as harmful to video as upscaling, so you should be pleased with the results.

    Choice #2 should work well because the exported frame rate is exactly half of the source frame rate and is easily converted to interlaced by most decent editing and SFX programs. The reason for that is that the editing program has 2 full frames of 50 fps video information from which to build 1 new full frame of 25 fps video. No interpolation required. So even if your 50p video contains cross-frame motion that might seem choppy at 25p, it should look pretty good at 50i.

    Make sure to let Sony or Ae transcode the footage to BD-legal H.264 as part of your exporting process. Encore CS6 does a terrible job of transcoding. If you import BD-legal assets into En, it will not transcode them and your footage will be authored untouched by En to Blu-ray Disc.

    Cheers,
    Jeff

  • Jeff Bellune

    October 25, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    1080p60 or 1080p30?

    In a Blu-Ray project, En will re-transcode any asset that isn’t spec. So 1080p60 will get transcoded, 1080p30 will not.

  • Jeff Bellune

    May 10, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    One thing you can do for DVD is create a path on a new layer in Photoshop that outlines the rock, stroke it with a light color to some noticeable thickness, then make the stroked path layer the highlight layer. It won’t look like the glow you have in Ps, but it won’t be a brown blob, either.

    Cheers,
    Jeff

  • Jeff Bellune

    May 14, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    What’s in your .avs script?

    Do you get good quality output from v0.23? If so, I recommend you just go ahead and use that.

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  • Jeff Bellune

    May 11, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Updating this particular thread because it’s where my search landed.

    CC Light Rays doesn’t respond to Grow Bounds, and I suspect Shine doesn’t either. The key for me was to put a null effect like a zero-strength Fast Blur in between Grow Bounds and CC Light Rays. The null effect seems to “unlock” the CC Light Rays layer so that it can be affected by Grow Bounds.

    Jeff

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