I have recently become obsessed with re-authoring DVD’s. To date I have been using DVD reauthor pro to extract audio and video from the DVD, which leaves me the m2v video stream and ac3 audio stream.
I have been using TMPGenc 4.7.x to compress them down to DVD5 size, but TMPG only has 2 pass VBR compression.
I have seen better results from say a 6 pass VBR compression using Cinema Craft Encoder, but cinema craft only accepts avi format. It doesn’t make much sense to me to go from mpeg to avi back to mpeg. Clearly I am missing something.
Could someone offer some advice on how I can get better compression, or the names of some other software? I would appreciate it.
Also I have been authoring with Adobe Encore CS4, but it has been a pain to rebuild the menus in Photoshop. If anyone has a better way of keeping menus, besides Sonic Scenarist, I would appreciate the advice.
Thanks in advance,