Pal Mpeg2 encoding for DVD-Lab Pro using
TMPGEnc 4.0 Xpress


1. Open TMPGEnc and click start new project -


2. Click add file and browse for your video file -


3. If the source aspect ratio is 16:9, you must manually set this -


4. If you don't wish to encode the entire avi, click the Cut-edit button and set a start and end point -


5. Click Filters button, you may want to hide a few pixel at top and bottom with a black mask, this is handy for hiding time code and analogue head switch points  -


6. Click the Format Button -


7. Now load the default DVD template, set your TV standard, Constant or Variable Bitrate and Dolby Digital audio and then click Select -


8. Set Constant Bitrate to 7800 kb/s if disk space permits and set the dolby digital audio bitrate to 256 kb/s - You can also use single pass variable bitrate or multi pass variable bitrate, be sure to never set a minimum below 2000 kb/s -


9. Now unlock all the extra settings that advanced users may change such as Closing the GOP and GOP structure etc. - Typical Pal GOP structure


10. Set output to Elementary streams and select a suitable encoding quality, I mostly use Standard (fast, 35min encoding time of a 1 hour source based on Dual Xeon 3gig processors) or High (a bit slower, 55min for a 1 hour source file)


11. Now save your settings so they will be available as a custom template next time you need to do the same


12. Click Encode and then Start, or register in Batch in case you want to encode multiple files in one hit - You can preset output and temp folders etc. -


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