There are couples who still like to watch DVDs and as a wedding videographer, I’m often required to create playable DVDs with Premiere Pro CC and Adobe Encore.
There is plenty of information on the internet about how to burn a wedding video on a disc that successfully plays on a DVD player but much of it is incomplete or somewhat unclear.
This is how I put my wedding films onto plug-and-play DVDs.
Part 1, Exporting the Video
In Premiere Pro, export your sequence as MPEG2-DVD.
This is the format that all DVD players can read.
In “Basic Video Settings”, select:
Field Order: Progressive
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 16:9
TV Standard: PAL
In “Bitrate Settings”, select the highest possible bitrate:
Bitrate Encoding: VBR, 2 Pass
Minimum Bitrate [Mbps]: 4
Target Bitrate [Mbps]: 6
Maximum Bitrate [Mbps]: 8
Make sure the estimated file size doesn’t go over 4300MB.
Also, Encore won’t accept a bitrate above 9Mbps.
In the “Audio” tab, check to see if “PCM” is selected as “Audio Format”.
Part 2, Creating the DVD
Create a new Encore project with these settings:
Authoring Mode: DVD
Television Standard: PAL
In Encore, import your M2V file (MPEG2-DVD) and WAV (PCM) audio as timeline.
The imported files shouldn’t need transcoding because they’ll already be in a format that all DVD players understand.
Add chapters if needed.
In the “Properties” tab with the “Project” panel selected:
Name your disc.
First Play: Chapter 1
Title Button: Stop
In the “Properties” tab with the “Timeline” panel selected:
End Action: Stop
Menu Remote: Return to Last Menu
In the “Build” tab:
Click “Check Project” to analyse for errors. If none, proceed to:
Output: DVD Disc
Create Using: Current Project
Enter a 4.7GB DVD disc in your recorder, refresh and select the lowest “Write Speed”.
Name your disc and click “Build”.
That’s it! I hope you find the process as easy as it sounds.