Example MPEG-2 Settings

The following MPEG-2 settings can be used for most general MPEG-2 encoding situations. Open the MPEG-2 Encoder pane and click the appropriate buttons to access these tabs.

Note: Be aware that many of the settings shown in this example are not suitable for all video input formats, nor for all encoding situations. Some alternative settings are shown in parentheses where appropriate. See the sections at the beginning of this chapter for details on how and when to use other settings.

Video Format Tab
  • Video Format: NTSC (PAL, 720p, HD 1440x1080, HD 1920x1080, or one of the 640 width options)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 (16:9 for anamorphic or HD widescreen)
  • Field Dominance: Automatic (not available for 720p)
Quality Tab
  • Mode: “One pass VBR Best” (other one-pass and two-pass settings)
  • Average Bit Rate: 5 Mbps (2 to 9 Mbps) for standard DVD or 18 Mbps for HD video formats (range varies)

    Note: Your choice of bit rate may be influenced by several factors, including the complexity of your source video, the format and number of your audio streams, and the total duration of all video clips to fit on your DVD.

  • Maximum Bit Rate: 8.0 Mbps for standard DVD or 27 Mbps for HD video formats
  • Motion Estimation: Best
  • GOP Structure: IBBP
  • GOP Size: 15 (12 for PAL and 50i, 50p, and 24p HD formats)
  • GOP Type: Open (Closed)

    Note: Your choice of GOP type (Open or Closed) may be influenced by whether and how you create chapter markers for DVD authoring with DVD Studio Pro and whether you intend to use multiple video angles in your title. See More About GOPs and Markers and Adding Chapter or Podcast Markers to a Clip for more information.