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Chapter 7. Rendering Your Projects > Producing MPEG-2 Files

Producing MPEG-2 Files

MPEG-2 is the video codec used in DVD discs, and until recently, it was my codec of choice for desktop playback. After comparing the quality of MPEG-2 to other technologies, however, I’ve abandoned MPEG-2 for most desktop use, and use Windows Media instead. I recommend that you do the same (test results are here: www.emedialive.com/Articles/ReadArticle.aspx?ArticleID=8422). This leaves producing for DVD playback as MPEG-2’s primary use.

However, when outputting a video file from an editor for input into a DVD authoring program, you should consider outputting DV files rather than MPEG-2 for several reasons. First, producing an MPEG-2 file generally takes a lot longer than producing DV. If you decide to change your video file for some reason during authoring, you’ll have to re-encode the file, and waste extra time encoding.


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