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11/7/04 11:24 PM
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Edited: 07-Nov-04
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Hopefully someone has a good answer for this one. I do a lot of MMA event DVD's and keep running into the same problem. These shows tend to edit down to 1.5 - 2 hours and at Mpeg 2 compression doesn't leave much room to add nice motion menus after including a highlight of the event to the disc. I've had to chop good material out of shows just to make them fit on the disc. Any solutions? I go with the standard default compression provided by Premiere's Mpeg encoding.
11/8/04 2:56 AM
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Edited: 08-Nov-04 02:56 AM
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Use a variable compression rate. Compress more during static/low motion scenes, & less during high-activity scenes. Don't accept a standard rate. Play with different compression settings using little clips so you can learn the differences in compression rates. If you're not authoring to dual-layer discs, that will make a huge difference. www.videohelp.com -r
11/8/04 3:02 AM
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Thanks, but that sounds like a major hassle - not worth the time.
11/8/04 3:49 AM
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OK, then: 1. Use a higher overall compression rate. or 2. Hire someone who knows what they're doing. -r
11/8/04 9:14 PM
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djdb, have you done this yourself (using a higher compression rate)? Were you satisfied with the results? Have you done this in Premiere? Is it common sense/straight forward in choosing the settings? I guess it's time for me to pick up a book on compressing.
11/9/04 6:45 AM
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How is reading a book on compression, which will take you weeks to finish & won't give you much usable information, less of hassle than taking a 10 second clip & compressing it at different rates, where you'd learn everything you need to know in less than an hour? I author DVDs as a part of my living. -r
11/9/04 2:30 PM
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I see what you're saying about taking a 10 sec clip and playing with it. I guess if I find a lower rate that is acceptable I can apply it to the entire show. I wouldn't want to try mixing rates though, that's sounds labour intensive.

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