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2007 July 31st, 12:01
I'm using Sony Vegas Movie Studio 8 Platinum to edit my footage.
Could you tell me what is the best setting to save the finished article if I'm to burn it onto a DVD.
I'm currently editing standard DV footage from the HV20 because my laptop can't cope with HD footage (need to spend some more money on a new computer!).
Also, when I save the footage as an avi... the bottom of the black bar at the top of the screen flickers???!?!
I'm a newbie, so please be gentle with the jargon :hv20-smilie03:
2007 July 31st, 12:27
The best way to save to DVD is to output it as an MPEG2 file that is also DVD-compliant. I haven't used that program, but I would guess there is a preset somewhere when you are exporting. If you have less than an hour of footage, you should export it using a "best quality" preset so that you can use the entire disc and get the best quality possible. Also make sure the aspect ratio of the MPEG2 is 16x9 since you probably filmed in widescreen.
If you export it as an MPEG2 file, your DVD burning program will usually not have to re-encode the file again (as it does with an AVI).
2007 August 1st, 16:22
Thanks Luthr, that's useful to know.
I've been saving 1 minute clips as AVI and they are huge! something like 250mb.
2007 August 2nd, 10:38
Which codec did you select? AVI is only the container - inside can be a lot of different video compression technologies. DivX, Lagarith, and so on.
2007 August 2nd, 14:53
oh blimey, I'm not sure. I just selected avi as the save option in vegas movie studio.
This is the description that comes up:
Pal DV Widescreen
"Audio: 48,000 Hz, 16 Bit, Stereo, PCM Uncompressed.
Video: 25 fps, 720x576, Lower field first.
Pixel Aspect Ratio: 1.457. OpenDML compatible.
Widescreen PAL DV video files compatible with Sony Video Capture."
When I play the dvd back on my widescreen telly, it still has the black bars at the top and bottom. How do I get rid of them and fill the whole screen?
2007 August 2nd, 17:38
Do you have a widescreen TV? Is the aspect ratio of the video okay (no "eggheads" or squished faces)?
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