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I'm using a method I read about here where I export to a video file so I can share my work before it's finished. I also am using these files to create the movie (splice it all together) in VideoWave once they have been perfected. (I am creating one long movie out of various segments and don't want chapters.) It seems to be working rather well, allowing me to swap out a segment if I need to alter something. I have been saving these files in HD EP quality, but had no idea which one of the many to choose. Ultimately, I want a finished movie that will play through a DVD player/TV as well as on the computer. If how I save a video file makes no difference to the final rendering then I should be fine. However, I would like to know what the difference between the various formats is and why you would choose one over another. Thanks a bunch.

Cindy

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I'm using a method I read about here where I export to a video file so I can share my work before it's finished. I also am using these files to create the movie (splice it all together) in VideoWave once they have been perfected. (I am creating one long movie out of various segments and don't want chapters.) It seems to be working rather well, allowing me to swap out a segment if I need to alter something. I have been saving these files in HD EP quality, but had no idea which one of the many to choose. Ultimately, I want a finished movie that will play through a DVD player/TV as well as on the computer. If how I save a video file makes no difference to the final rendering then I should be fine. However, I would like to know what the difference between the various formats is and why you would choose one over another. Thanks a bunch.

Cindy

 

Of course which format you save your videos will make a difference when you finally create your DVD. The format you choose also depends on the format of your source material.

 

A standard video DVD has video in the mpeg-2 format and that is the format you should choose for your exported video. Exporting to higher quality (such as HD) does not gain you anything since the format will be reduced again for the DVD. Also choosing lower quality means that once you have lost quality you can not get it back when you later choose the DVD.

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Just a caution, if you try to put more than one hour of video on a single layer DVD, the quality will be reduced. You can get almost 2 hours on a dual or double layer DVD. How much the reduction will be depends on how much over the one hour you go.

 

As Walt says the form has to be mpg2 unless you are going to use some highly compressed format like DivX. Not all DVD player will play DivX.

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Thanks. The entire production length is about 35 minutes, so I'm OK there and I'll use the mpeg2 for DVD output. Really appreciate the help. Good information as always.

Cindy

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