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All of a sudden we're creating a whole lotta BluRay discs these days. NTSC and PAL for screenings all over the world. Sounds like many film festivals are now accepting BluRay discs as a playback format and of course, it's a lot cheaper to do one of these than an HDCAM tape.

So we're in BluRay central right now, regardless of what Steve Jobs might say about the format. What I love about the discs is they pretty much perfectly replicate the quality we see playing off our Apple ProRes timelines in Final Cut Pro. A few weeks ago we did a screening for some executives on a 45' screen in a 450 seat theater playing straight off our BluRay player. The darn thing looked just like a film despite playing at 1080i / 29.97.

Normally we would drop into DoStudio for all our BluRay work but since all the film festivals require is a "Play" button, we're using Adobe Encore as this is about the only task it's well suited for with BluRay authoring. All compression is being done in Apple's Compressor and the menus created in Adobe Photoshop.

We're using Nero on our HP machine to burn the BluRay discs, though we can also use Toast on one of the Mac Pros to do the same task. It's just that the HP was literally purchased to do nothing but BluRay authoring so it's just sitting there needing a task to do. And of course we still have our BluRay duplicator we've had for 3 years now still going strong, though we'll probably have to update to a 4 burner unit so we can turn these around even faster. Maybe when we open the new place.....

Funny, we're a Mac shop turning out BluRay discs that Apple won't even support. Kind of like trying to run Flash on my iPad, but that's a whole 'nother blog entry.....


Posted by: walter biscardi on Aug 31, 2010 at 8:26:25 pmComments (5) BluRay, Biscardi creative media

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Re: BluRay BluRay BluRay!
by walter biscardi
So do you use the "Pal" setting in Encore for your "PAL" bluray

Yep.

Walter Biscardi, Jr.
Editor, Colorist, Director, Writer, Consultant, Author, Chef.
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Biscardi Creative Media

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Re: BluRay BluRay BluRay!
by Ray Palagy
So do you use the "Pal" setting in Encore for your "PAL" bluray or do you make the same bluray for domestic or foreign release?
Re: BluRay BluRay BluRay!
by walter biscardi
For our needs, Compressor has been working flawlessly. We have not had to send out any files for BD replication as we do all the duplications in house.

I think we've sent out something like 500 BluRay discs (probably more) and have not had one come back telling us they could not play the disc or the quality was bad. I'm sure the other encoders are better, but we recently screened one of our documentaries on a 30 or 40' screen off a BluRay player and it was stunning.

If we get to the point of needing more commercial replication made, well then we'll look at other encoders. Thanks for the link, I'll definitely check it out!

Walter Biscardi, Jr.
Editor, Colorist, Director, Writer, Consultant, Author, Chef.
HD Post and Production
Biscardi Creative Media

"Foul Water, Fiery Serpent" featuring Sigourney Weaver coming soon.

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Re: BluRay BluRay BluRay!
by eric pautsch
Sorry!

http://www.videolan.org/developers/x264.html

Re: BluRay BluRay BluRay!
by eric pautsch
Walter

Personally I think Compressor is complete garbage. If you really feel ambitious one day check out the open source encoder x264. Ive done test with it a equals anything thing Blu Code, Cinemacraft or Cinevision puts out.

Its a command line tool but there are outboard GUI tools that work well with it.

In April it was confirmed by the staff at Criterion, no less, they it outputs spec compliant streams for BD.



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Professional Video Editor, Producer, Creative Director, Director since 1990.

Credits include multiple Emmys, Tellys, Aurora and CableAce Awards.

Creative Director for Georgia-Pacific and GP Studios, Atlanta. Former Owner / Operator of Biscardi Creative Media. The show you knew us best for was "Good Eats" on the Food Network. I developed the HD Post workflow and we also created all the animations for the series.

Favorite pastime is cooking with pizza on the grill one of my specialties. Each Christmas Eve we serve the Feast of the Seven Fishes, a traditional Italian seafood meal with approx. 30 items on the menu.

If I wasn't in video production I would either own a restaurant or a movie theater.

 




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