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  • Copyright 2007
  • Edition: 1st
  • Online Video
  • ISBN-10: 0-321-49703-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-321-49703-1

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Learn the Art of Encoding for DVD, the Web and CD-ROM

Compression is an art as well as a science. As you will learn from our newest video, compression is all about managing the tradeoffs between file size and image quality. This video contains 14 information-packed chapters covering everything from basic compression concepts to encoding for standard and high-def DVDs as well as compressing for the web using the new H.264 codec.

Make Your Images Crisp not Crunchy

There is a bewildering amount of information out there, and this video was designed to answer those nagging technical questions that arise when it comes time to exporting your work from your editing software. If you're like us, you work very hard to make your productions look like a million bucks - the last thing you want is your program's quality to suffer because of a gap in your current understanding.

As with all our ground-breaking tutorials, The Art of Compression Using Compressor, presents this information in clear, easy to follow explanations that will have you confidently preparing and exporting your programs so they will look and sound their best.

Everything but the "Kitchen Sync"

Whether you are creating DVDs for the current Red Laser standard or future-proofing your content for the forthcoming Blue Ray HD DVD standard, we've covered all the bases in this comprehensive video tutorial. Just look at the table of contents below. We did our best to cover all the compression scenarios you might encounter. If you are new to compression, you could start with the basics then work your way to some of the more advanced DVD and Web compression concepts while not feeling overwhelmed by technical gobbledygook.

If you're a "salty old compressionist" there is a lot of information to be gained in Brian's sections on Advanced DVD encoding for both HD and 24P material. Heck, we even threw in a section on creating low-bit rate DVDs and CDs for client approvals and sign-offs. Oh, and let's not forget format conversion. With Compressor now integrating Shake's Optical Flow technology, you can get pristine looking image quality when transcoding NTSC to PAL or down converting HD to SD footage.

This video is chock full of information you can use right away as well as information you can take advantage of at some future date.

Table of Contents

The Art of Encoding in Compressor

Getting Started

  • What is Compression?
  • Review of DV Compression
  • Final Cut Studio Workflow
  • The Role of QuickTime
  • What are Codecs?
  • Compression Introduction
  • Overview of DVD Creation Process

iDVD Quickstart

  • Setting the Preferences
  • Importing from iMovie
  • Customizing a Project
  • Importing from Final Cut Pro
  • The Status Window
  • Customizing the DVD
  • Project Planning with the DVD Map
  • Previewing Projects
  • Burning the Disc
  • One-Step DVDs
  • iDVD vs. DVD Studio Pro.

Compressor Quickstart

  • Exporting from Final Cut Pro
  • Exploring the Batch Window
  • Using the Stock Presets
  • Elementary vs. System Streams
  • Compressor 1 and A.Pack
  • Selecting a Destination
  • Alternate ways of Importing Footage
  • File Naming Conventions
  • Submitting a Batch
  • The Batch Monitor
  • Pros and Cons of Exporting Directly from FCP
  • Importing Assets into DVDSP

Web/CD ROM Quickstart

  • Pre-Planning for the Target Audience
  • Selecting a Broadband Preset
  • The Inspector Window
  • Lining up a Series of Compression Jobs
  • MPEG 1 for CD-ROM Output
  • MPEG 4 40k for Low Bandwidth
  • Batch Output in Compressor

Jobs and Batches

  • Shortcuts to Assigning Presets to Media
  • Setting Destinations
  • System Performance and Batch Processing Tips
  • Email Notification of Batch Completion

Advanced DVD Encoding

  • The Art of Bit Budgeting
  • Interframe vs. Intraframe Compression
  • I, P, and B Frame Overview
  • Custom and Modified Presets
  • The Encoder Pane
  • GOPs Demystified
  • Chapter and Compression Markers
  • The Power of the Preview Window
  • Creating a "Test Clip" Workflow
  • Using the History Drawer
  • Adding Filters

Dolby 2.0 Encoding

  • Understanding AIFF
  • Encoding with Dolby
  • DVD Video vs. DVD Audio
  • Audio Encoding
  • Understanding Data Rate
  • Dialog Normalization
  • Bitstream Settings

HD DVD Encoding

  • HD to SD Downconversions
  • The HD DVD and Blue Ray DVD
  • H.264 Encoding
  • Bit Budgeting for HD DVDs
  • Using MPEG 2 for HD DVD Encoding
  • HDV to DVD Workflow

24P to DVD Workflow

  • 24P Sources
  • Export 24P Sequence from FCP
  • Encoding with MPEG 2
  • 24P Playback on DVD Players
  • Bit Budgeting with 24P Material

Advanced Web and CD-ROM Encoding

  • MPEG 4 Encoding for the Web
  • H.264 Encoding for the Web
  • Alternate QuickTime Movie Creation
  • Third Party Codecs using QuickTime Components
  • CD-ROM and DVD-ROM Content Creation

Low Bit Rate DVD and VCDs

  • The DVD Screener Workflow
  • Using MPEG 1 on Standard DVDs
  • Creating Custom Preset Groups
  • Encoding for a VCD

Advanced Format Conversion

  • What are Format (a.k.a. Standards) Convesions?
  • Hardward vs. Software Transcoding
  • DV NTSC to DV PAL Conversion Workflow
  • Frame Controls Pane
  • Resizing
  • De-Interlacing
  • Converting the Frame Rate
  • Saving Time with the "Test Workflow"
  • Fine Tuning the Conversion

Watermarks and Overlays

  • Working with Filters
  • Applying a Watermark Filter
  • Applying a Text Overlay Filter
  • General Filter Limitations

Using Droplets

  • Droplets Defined
  • When to Use Droplets
  • Creating an Audio Sample Rate Converter Droplet
  • Creating a DVD Screener Droplet
System Requirements
  • MAC G4 800 or better
  • MacOS X
  • 8x or faster DVD ROM drive
  • 256 megabytes or more of RAM
  • QuickTime 6.0 or above
  • Monitor Depth - Millions
  • 1024 x 768 screen size or better


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