easy chapter markers to DVD SP

Posted by Logan6 
easy chapter markers to DVD SP
June 12, 2007 12:44AM
Hi. I have a 4 hours of footage that I would like to show to a client on a DVD (or two).

Each tape (1 hour) was transfered from tape to FCP 5. And then in FCP I went through, reviewed the footage and added chapter markers.

What is a quick way (with minimal encoding time) to get my footage to a DVD with the chapter markers? Do I need to export (with chapter markers) from FCP and then have DVD SP 4 encode it again? Can I export right from FCP as an MPG2 and then bypass the DVD SP encoding time? Or is there another easier way?

after the transfer I upgraded to FCP 6.

Re: easy chapter markers to DVD SP
June 12, 2007 10:37AM
There is no direct encoding out of FCP. Quicktime/Compressor does that job. It takes the .mov file to get out an MPEG-2/.aiff file that will go into a DVD authoring application.

While both iDVD and DVD Studio Pro allow you to just drag that .mov file into the app. it is doing the encode in the background. If you import an unencoded file into DVDSP, you will get a red indicator in the browser next to that file name indicating that it is being encoded.

I find it best to export a self-contained movie file including the Chapter Marker pulldown.

Open Compressor and drag that movie file into the Batch window. You should see those chapter markers indicated at the bottom of the viewer. Click start to encode the content. Then open DVD SP and import those video and audio files into the browser.
Re: easy chapter markers to DVD SP
June 12, 2007 10:24PM
Say I export > quicktime movie "with all markers." Say I want to watch that clip on another computer. So I included markers on this export and I don't see them when I open that final movie up? It does not work. Nice that the pulldown option is there.

any help appreciated.
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