The best way to encode video

Jun 17th, 2010 by dvdxplayer 1,560 views |Comments Off

1. Avoidance. The first best method is to simply avoid it when possible. Under some conditions there is nothing to gain by capturing to an AVI and encoding to MPEG later on. If you have an excellent capture card or DVD recorder that does a quality MPEG capture, then you can often skip the re-encoding step.

2. Start with quality source, to avoid re-encode degradation. The second best method is to start out with high quality uncompressed or low-compression formats — not a low-grade download from the Internet, be it Youtube or some other method. Uncompressed captures are usually done for one of 3 reasons:
(1) Because the capture hardware is inferior,
(2) because the device is a DV camera or limited to editing formats like MJPEG only, or
(3) because the video needed extensive editing.
After capturing/recording, and any needed editing, encode with settings appropriate for your project, be it a DVD, Blu-ray disc or Youtube/streaming media.

What are the conversion methods I should avoid?

Making bad video is really easy to do:
(1) Do not pay attention to the settings and open up the source file.
(2) Use a wizard in some encoder software and just guess at what you need. Or let the program take control and do it for you, often equally incorrect as a human’s blind guesses.

All-in-one tools are the worst. Again, converting video is not simply a matter of pressing the “Go” button in an encoder! Bad conversions will result in disappointing video quality!

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