[This article was first published in the July, 2010, issue of
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Pamela Beaty writes:
Please excuse me if I get long-winded.
We recently did a trip to the Delta, Botswana and I got some really nice photos and video footage of game, taken with my Canon 5D Mark II.
Instead of using FCP, I used iMovie to edit everything due to the easy acceptance of photos, the map showing the route, etc.
The footage and photos looked great and came to 35 minutes, after much editing. I then transferred to footage to iDVD (not at all great).
I then decided to produce a QT movie and my settings were as follows:
Compression: Apple ProRes 422 HQ
Dimensions: 1920 x 1080
The results : Fantastic…..True HD
Followed your DVD Studio Pro lessons on Lynda.com, did some fantastic menus…transferred everything to Toast and got … problems.
Please could you give me some advise with which codec to use to get the great HD quality on a 4.7GB DVD. Have I missed something? (maybe doing something wrong)
Larry replies: Pam, you are asking the $64,000 question.
Basically, you can’t get there from here.
Currently, the only HD format supported on optical media is Blu-ray Discs. And the Mac does not support playback of Blu-ray Discs. (Though you can purchase drivers that support it, the built-in DVD player won’t play it.)
Worse, DVD SP does not create Blu-ray Disks. At all. Period.
You have three options:
Option 1. Using Compressor or Final Cut Pro, you can burn a single movie in a format called “AVCHD” — which is media encoded into Blu-ray format, but burned onto a standard 4.3 GB DVD. The good news is that you can do it. The bad news is:
Option 2. Export your project as an HD QuickTime movie, then burn it to Blu-ray Disc using Roxio Toast. Movie quality is great, however menus are only templates. You don’t have the authoring ability you have in DVD SP. Not even close.
Option 3. You can use Adobe Production Premium. Adobe Encore, which is part of the suite, allows you to create both standard-def DVDs AND Blu-ray Discs, with full menus and everything. Works great.
For now, creating Blu-ray Discs on a Mac are a very awkward situation.
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