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04 April 2005, 09:45 PM
I'm putting my demo reel together right now and am having a hard time figuring out all the resolutions and aspect ratios. I will be putting it on DVD in Adobe Encore. Most of my work has been rendered out of maya at 720x480 square pixels. Do i need to make a 720x480 after effects comp with a .9 aspect ratio? and if so, do i let after effects interpret my square footage renders to .9? i'm just a little bit confused about getting all of this work together and put on DVD so that it looks right on a TV....myself and a few classmates are all trying to figure this stuff out. any help would be great!

04 April 2005, 08:45 AM
yeah, just trial and errored throught the same battle:
try this

I think Idealy you want .9, 720X480 going into encore. (i used that too) i love it, some people seemed to have a battle with it. but I just did 2 disks for a starwars indie, and they came out beautiful.

04 April 2005, 08:50 AM
check out the adobe encore forum:

Regarding support for half D1 and MPEG1 video, those features may appear in a future version of Encore, but…they were never planned to be included in 1.0.

Encore 1.0 supports these frames sizes:
NTSC: 720x480, 720x486, and 704x480
PAL: 720x576 and 704x576
[Joe Bowden]


Version 1.5 accepts video that conforms to one of the following frame rates and frame sizes, depending on the TV standard you plan to use for the project:

Frame rate (frames per second) NTSC 29.97
NTSC 23.976*
NTSC 23.978*
NTSC 24*
PAL 25

Frame size (pixels) NTSC 720 x 480
NTSC 720 x 486
NTSC 704 x 480
PAL 720 x 576
PAL 704 x 576

* Transcoded on import to convert to 29.97 fps. You can import the following video file types: AVI, MPEG-2 (including MPG, MPV, and M2V), and MOV (transcoded on import).

Note: Imported files may or may not require transcoding. DVD-compliant assets typically do not require transcoding, while non-DVD-compliant assets do.

Within the limitations posted above, Encore 1.5 will accept the following file types:

Video: MPEG-2
MOV (transcoded on import)
BMP, JPEG, TIFF, PNG, TGA, GIF for slideshows

Audio: WAV
AIF (Preferred audio format for WAV or AIF: uncompressed, 16-bit 48 kHz)
MPEG-1 Layer II

[edited from original post by Jeff Belune and Joe Bowden]

04 April 2005, 12:35 AM
so if i want .9 going into encore, should i set a .9 comp in after effects and also set the interpret footage .9 on all of my clips?

i had read through that vfs pdf, it was somewhat helpful, but dealt more with shake than AE...i think we all need a nice cookbook on how to do this!!

04 April 2005, 10:56 AM
You need the video all setup for encore really. In my experience encore is a bit poo for doing anything simply authoring the dvd.

So y i would setup all your videos in ae/premier or whatever at the correct ratios and in addition what i do then is to render the mpeg for dvd outside of encore too....

BEWARE tho as roguenroll points out on NTSC your video (if it is, say, 24 fps) will be converted to 29.97 in NTSC - which is a nightmare for animation video - particularly those panning shots.... it will appear to jerk/stutter as frames have been dulplicated...

^ ps. not being a pro on video conversion does anyone know the best way round the old stutter problem for animators? (atm i just stick to 25fps renders and go to PAL DVD)

04 April 2005, 03:26 PM
Try reinterpreting the footage once you bring it into AE. I export 720x480 AVIs out of AE and import them into Encore with no problem. I just use the default setting.

04 April 2005, 10:29 PM
Zipp - Please keep us updated as to what you find out works for you. I plan to take my renders from XSI and make a nice 'n clean showcase reel using After Effects and Premiere Pro. I then will make the finished piece in Encore to print to DVD.

I do believe the standard DV NTSV resolution is always 720x480, so if you keep everything as the generic "DV" it will always default to 720x480. D1 NTSC is 720x486 which is standard television. There is a slight difference, so be sure to double check any NTSC setting you select.

Keep us updated!


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