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In Encore CS5 Essential Training, author Chad Perkins gives an extensive overview of Encore CS5, Adobe's powerful application for authoring DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, and Flash-based video for the web. This course covers adding audio and subtitle tracks, creating image slideshows, and using Encore as a presentation tool. Also explained are the Blu-ray enhancements in CS5, and advanced techniques such as creating games and hidden content for disc menus. Exercise files are included with the course.
Another common question I get asked a lot is, 'How do you export video from a video application, and in what way should you go about doing that?' and there's actually two schools of thought behind that. So I'm using Adobe Premiere Pro, but if you're using something like Adobe After Effects, or even Final Cut, I believe the workflow would be very similar to this. I'm going to go to File, and I'm going to Export > Media, and that's going to open up the Export Settings Dialog box here. What's really cool is that if we go to the Format dropdown, we actually have settings for MPEG-2 DVD.
So we can actually select that, and then if we were to then encode this from Premiere and bring this back into Encore, the asset is already transcoded. So it would already say, already transcoded in Encore, and we wouldn't have to spend really much time at all burning this to DVD, just the time it would take to actually burn to DVD but, again, the real bulk of the time here is spent transcoding the asset, so if you're already transcoding it from Premiere, it's going to save you a lot time on the back end. Now, the even though MPEG-2 is compatible for DVD, I still recommend choosing MPEG-2 DVD.
You also notice that for Blu-ray, we have H264 Blu-ray and MPEG-2 Blu-ray. Now I mentioned before that there are two schools of thought. One is that you do this and you choose MPEG-2 DVD, and then you output this, and it's already transcoded once you bring it into Encore. The other school of thought is actually where I tend to lean on most projects, and that is I prefer to just output video from Premiere, or whatever video tool I'm using. Output it with the highest possible quality settings when bringing it over into Encore.
The reason why I do this is because if I choose MPEG-2 DVD, from my video editing program, and I have it go through and transcode the assets for me, that's a long process. Sometimes, when I will bring in something into Encore, I might decide to add more and more to that project later on, that I didn't even know that I would need to. Maybe the client says, 'Add this. Add this,' and I wasn't planning on it before, and so maybe the project starts getting little bit tight, and so Encore might need to compress the assets a little bit more. Well, if it can't fit completely, it's going to have to re-transcode it, even if it already is transcoded.
That's going to mean that your files are going to be compressed twice, thereby losing quality. Another reason as is if they're already transcoded, it going to be harder to place chapter points, which we will talk about little bit later. But the moral of the story, and the good news here, is that most video editing programs will have an option for exporting straight to DVD. So it kind of takes the guesswork out of trying to figure out what settings you need to use.
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