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Puting 'like-HD' footage on DVD (from T2i)

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I'm using T2i, converted everything into Pro Res HQ 1280x720 and edited in that. Now I want to export and put on a DVD (in 720). I'm NOT looking to make a blu ray DVD. I just want the highest possible quality on a single DVD. I heard that a standard DVD can fit around 30 mins of good quality video that was HD shot, but I haven't seen any workflows for that.

I'm mostly using iDVD and toast. I have over an hour of footage. Should I just split it all up in 30 min chunks and choose 'best quality' from iDVD preferences? Or is there more to that? convert to mpeg 2? h.264?

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iDVD will handle that hour of footage. The thing is, it only records standard definition video to the disc. iDVD takes your input and converts it to the appropriate MPEG2 files that are placed onto a DVD.

Since you mentioned Pro Res HQ, you apparently have Final Cut Studio and there for DVD Studio Pro. So if you are going to create a standard def DVD, you might be better off using Compressor to export a video and audio file for use in DVDSP. This would allow you to fine tune the output quality.

You can use Toast Titanium Pro to record HD to a standard DVD as Blu-Ray content. In other words, a DVD that will play hi-def in Blu-Ray machines. Also, the current version of Final Cut Studio has basic Blu-Ray creation from what I understand.

Here is everything you wanted to know about Blu-Ray production on the Mac; "Fast Path to Blu-ray for Mac". The same guy has this primer too.

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