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Best Custom Encoding Settings For Blu-ray On Dvd


Jeff in Tallahassee
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I have Toast 10.0 Pro and am happily making short movies in Blu-Ray format on inexpensive blank DVDs. They look good when viewed in my living room setup (Sony Blu-Ray player, 50" plasma HDTV) -- but not as good as when I plug the video camera directly into the TV. When I connect the camcorder via component cables (no HDMI on the TV; it's a few years old) the footage looks absolutely fantastic. I would like to be able to distribute on disc that same quality! Here's my setup:

 

Shoot on Canon HF11 in AVCHD at FXP mode (17 MBps)

Import into iMovie '08 or Final Cut Express 4.0.1

Make a few edits on my MacPro (10.5.6; 2x2.8 GHz Intel; 6 GB RAM)

Export: Is Quick Time Conversion or QuickTime movie best?

 

In Toast, should I use the "custom" encoding option? And what settings should I use? They give me the option to specify

format

average & max bit rates

motion estimation

reencoding

etc.

 

I can usually keep my movies under 20 min, and would like to share with that same eye-popping clarity that was on the camera. Thanks in advance for any help! Jeff

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