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Creating a DVD with Avid Xpress

If you are new to using the Avid Xpress software, you will certainly encounter a job where you will need to create a DVD.

A DVD uses a mpg2 compression scheme Unfortunately, the current version of Avid Xpress Pro does not include an mpg2 export option. First, you will need to export a Quicktime movie. Next, you will need to convert the Quicktime movie into mpg2 format.

Depending on the DVD authoring program that you are using, you may not need to export to mpg2. Programs such as Sonic's My-DVD, and Apples I-DVD will automatically encode a mpg2 file for you.

The Avid Xpress software uses a DV codec that is odd field dominant. Mpg2 is always even field dominant. This causes a problem when exporting a Quicktime movie from Avid Xpress.

If your DVD ends up looking something like this, then you have a field reversal problem. Notice how the image appears to have a tearing effect. The solution is simple, simply export your Quicktime movie from the Avid as odd-field first.

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Fortunately, Avid provides a DV-Stream codec that represents the RAW video that is recorded from a DV camera. Using the DV-Stream codec will automatically export your movie as an even-field dominent movie.

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If your DVD authoring program does not take the DV-Stream format, you will need to export a QuickTime movie using a compatible codec. Then, select (odd or upper field first) in order to reverse the field order.

If your DVD authoring software does not support any other codecs other than mpg2, you will need to use a media conversion software product such as Sorenson Squeeze, or Media Cleaner Pro

Import the DV-Stream movie from Avid Xpress into either of these products, and then export a mpg2 movie.

When the field order reversed, the video will play back correctly from a DVD. Notice how the tearing effect has been removed.

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