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elite
05-27-2003, 02:32 AM
Hello, I have a question about rendering settings. I want to be able to render an animation at the best quality possible send it to adobe after affects and premier and output in a format that i can play on a dvd player on a normal television screen. I want to know what camera i should use and what output format. Um... also is rendering at full frame uncompressed the thing to use for best quality?
Thanks

Red_Oddity
05-27-2003, 03:05 AM
First of, this question has been asked a gazzillion times...
Do a search on these forums, go buy a book or read some html references that tell you what makes a DVD tick (Jim Taylor's DVD demistified is a very good book on all aspects of DVD making).

Doing that will tell you that:

1] ALWAYS render out uncompressed, the better your starting footage, the better your final DVD compression will be.
Start out with a Targa sequence from Lightwave.
Bring it into AfterFX and do what you have to and then output that as an uncompressed Quicktime (or use the animation compressor at Highest quality (it's lossless compressed that way))

2] DVD uses MPEG-2, plain and simple, you can't go over bitrates higher than somewhere around 9528 Kb/s, but this includes audio, so you will have to substract some of your max video bitrate when adding audio...There's calculators for this...

3] AfterFX and Premiere do not export MPEG-2, you will need to install a 3rd party exporter or converter to do that, and especially if you want decent quality... Discreet's Cleaner 6 (Mac) or Cleaner XL (PC) are fast and yield very good quality results.

4] Resolutions vary, but 4:3 Pal is 720 x 576 with an aspect ratio of 1.07.
16:9 can be either 4:3 letteboxed or 16:9 widescreen, which basically is 720x576 anamorphic with an aspect ratio of 1.42
For NTSC resolutions, either open up AfterFX or take a peek in Cleaner

hope this helped a bit

http://www.discreet.com/products/
http://www.encodinginfo.org.uk/index.php?aid=268

elite
05-27-2003, 03:28 AM
Thanks alot, you have been a big help
will search forum before posting in future:D

korn_kid
06-01-2003, 07:39 PM
3] AfterFX and Premiere do not export MPEG-2, you will need to install a 3rd party exporter or converter to do that, and especially if you want decent quality... Discreet's Cleaner 6 (Mac) or Cleaner XL (PC) are fast and yield very good quality results.


Actually Aobe® Premiere® (http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/main.html) 6.5 does export to MPEG-2.

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