Compressor 4 - H.264 Workflows for Optical Disc

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H.264 Workflows for Optical Disc

The efficiency and quality of H.264 creates a number of options for optical disc producers:

• Video resolutions supported by SD DVDs are also supported by Blu-ray Disc. This means

that a Blu-ray disc can use an HD video resolution file for its main content, such as a
feature film, and then use SD video resolution files for additional features like trailers
and a “making of” documentary.

• The Create Blu-ray Disc job action includes the ability to burn an AVCHD disc using red

laser media. An AVCHD disc provides a way to play H.264 video in Blu-ray Disc players
that are compatible with the AVCHD format. See

Create Blu-ray Disc

for more


• Because H.264 can deliver high definition (HD) video at standard definition (SD) bit

rates, you can get more HD content on a regular DVD-5 disc than you might expect
for an AVCHD disc.


Chapter 14

Creating H.264 for Blu-ray Disc

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You can use Compressor to output an image sequence for use by compositing applications.
This chapter discusses the image sequences that Compressor can output from your source
media files.

This chapter covers the following:

Creating Image Sequence Output Files

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About the Image Sequence Encoder Pane

(p. 170)

Configuring Image Sequence Settings

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Creating Image Sequence Output Files

The Image Sequence output format creates a set of still-image files representing the
source video frames. Use this encoder to convert a video clip to an image sequence for
use with compositing applications that aren’t compatible with QuickTime.

Note: You can also use Compressor to import an image sequence. For more information,

Adding Image Sequences to Batches


The Image Sequence output format supports the following still image formats.

TIFF (Tagged Image File Format): TIFF is one of the most common and flexible still-image

formats and was developed to create a standard file format for storing and exchanging
digital graphics used in desktop publishing. It is compatible with a wide range of
compositing and image processing applications.

TARGA (Truevision Advanced Raster Graphics Adapter): TARGA, also commonly referred

to as TGA, is a raster graphics format commonly used by animation and video

DPX: DPX is a common file format for digital intermediate and visual effects work and

is an ANSI/SMPTE standard (268M-2003).

IFF (Interchange File Format): IFF is a generic file format originally introduced by the

Electronic Arts company in 1985 (in cooperation with Commodore-Amiga) in order to
ease transfer of data between software products produced by different companies.

JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group): JPEG is a common still-image format.