Build a DVD or Blu‑ray disc

After you complete, preview, and set transcoding options for your project, you can burn it to a disc or build to an image ready for burning or replication. You can build the same project to DVD and Blu‑ray formats no matter which format you select in the New Project or Project Settings dialog box. Encore makes the appropriate adjustments to transcode the elements to the correct format.

If you had imported assets that were Blu-ray compatible, Encore doesn’t transcode these assets during build. If you have problems while building a Blu-ray Image output, transcode the assets with a different preset before building the Blu-ray Image output again. See Supported file formats for import.

Note:

All clips on a track must have the same frame rate. Ensure that the audio and video durations match on all tracks on a Blu‑ray Disc project. If the timeline in your project has audio tracks longer than the video track, you cannot burn a Blu‑ray disc. Trim the audio track to make it shorter than the video track.

You can also use the Build panel to export your project to a Flash format for interactive viewing on the web. (For information, see Exporting projects to Flash format.)

Encore checks for problems before building the disc. If the program encounters errors, it notifies you and lets you view the errors or continue. For more information, see Check a project. For a video tutorial on building your project to DVD, Blu-ray Disc, or exporting to Flash, see http://www.lynda.com/home/Player.aspx?lpk4=65355&playChapter=False.

  1. If you are going to burn directly to a disc, make sure that you have blank media in the appropriate drive.

    Note:  [Mac only] Set the system preferences to ignore the blank DVD warning before you insert the DVD in the drive. If you haven’t done that before inserting the DVD, choose ignore from the Action pop-up menu. Do not mount the blank DVD.

  2. Choose Window > Build.

    Note:

    You can also choose File > Build, and then choose an Output option from the submenu.

  3. In the Build panel, choose either DVD or Blu‑ray from the Format menu.

  4. Choose an option from the Output submenu:

    DVD Disc Or Blu‑ray Disc

    Burns a disc to play on set‑top Blu‑ray or DVD players, computers, or game consoles. You can record to a Blu‑ray disc in a Blu‑ray Disc burner and to a DVD in a DVD-writable drive.

    DVD Folder Or Blu‑ray Folder

    Builds a Blu‑ray or DVD directory structure on your hard drive for quality assurance or local playback on a computer. You can play the program using a DVD or Blu‑ray software player and the directory behaves just like a disc, including having full navigational abilities.

    DVD Image Or Blu‑ray Image

    Builds a Blu‑ray or DVD image on your hard drive. The image is typically used for local replication by using a third-party mastering application.

    DDP Image (for DVD)

    Writing to a DLT requires extra hardware. A DDP image can be directly exported to your computer’s hard disk, and electronically delivered to the replication facility using FTP. Delivery through electronic media is faster, and does not involve the extra hardware associated with DLT.

  5. Specify the source (such as the current project), the destination (such as the disc recorder drive), and any other appropriate settings. The settings are different depending on the Output option you choose.

  6. Click Build.

  7. Save the project if prompted.

  8. If you have any problems in your project, you are prompted to manage them or ignore them. Adobe recommends that you fix all problems, and then click Build again.

  9. When writing is complete, click OK.

Blu‑ray and DVD build settings

The Build panel includes three sections—Source, Destination, and Disc Info—that are common to Blu‑ray and DVD formats. Additional sections for DVD Settings include DVD‑ROM Content, Region Codes, and Copy Protection.

The options in these sections vary, depending on the format and type of output you choose:

Source

Specifies which project to use for the build:

Create Using

The current project appears by default if you are building your working project. Other options include DVD Volume, to specify a DVD project you’ve already built to a folder; and Disc Image, to specify a Blu‑ray or DVD project you’ve built to an image file on your hard drive. Click Browse to locate and specify the project.

Destination

Specifies where to write your project:

Location

For output to Folder or Image, specifies the destination for your build folder or disc image. Click Browse to specify the location.

Recorder

For output to Disc or DVD Master, specifies the disc writer or DLT drive to which the project is sent for burning. Click Refresh to scan your hardware for additional recorders.

Test Before Writing

Tests the recorder, not the project, before burning the disc. To test the project, see Check a project.

Write Speed

Specifies how fast the selected recorder writes to the disc.  Encore  displays the maximum speed of the drive you selected. You can select a lower speed.

Number Of Copies

Type the number of discs to burn. If you choose to burn multiple copies, Encore prompts you to insert new discs when needed.

Auto-Erase Rewritable Discs

Erases rewritable discs that already contain data before the program writes the new data. Selecting this option bypasses the alert message that normally appears later in the process.

Disc Info

Displays the amounts of free and used disc space for the current project. (For more information, see Check the space remaining on your disc.)

For Blu‑ray Disc image output, Disc Info also includes the following Image Type options:

BD‑R Image Type

Write-once, recordable format for high-definition TV recording and computer data storage

BD‑RE Image Type

Re-writable format for high-definition TV recording and computer data storage

BD‑ROM Image Type

Read-only format for computer software, games, and movie distribution

For DVD output, Disc Info also includes the following settings:

Name

The name entered in the Disc Properties panel appears here. To change the disc’s name, enter a new one.

Note:

For Blu‑ray Disc output, Encore uses whatever name you specify in the Disc Properties panel.

Size

Defaults to last size used. To change the disc size, select a size from the pop‑up menu. If you choose Custom, you must also enter the desired size in the Custom box.

Side

Select One or Two to specify the side of a dual-sided DVD. (For more information, see Determining disc size.)

Layer Break

Specifies whether the layer break for dual-layer DVDs is set automatically by Encore or manually.

DVD‑ROM Content

Specifies the source location of the folder containing ROM content. (This setting also applies to Blu‑ray discs even though it is not listed under Blu‑ray settings.) For information, see Add ROM content to the disc.

Region Codes

Specifies regions allowed for viewing the DVD. Region codes must be enabled by a professional replicating facility. (This option is not available for Blu‑ray discs.) For more information, see Set region coding for replicated DVDs.

Copy Protection

Specifies a choice of different forms of copy protection that can be set during professional replication of the DVD. (This option is not available for Blu‑ray discs.) For information, see Set copy-protection for replicated DVDs.

AVCHD passthrough

Encore does not transcode Blu ray legal (as per BD spec) AVCHD files (MTS,M2TS) when building a blu ray.

Frame Size

Display Aspect Ratio

Frame Rate

Scanning Method

Video Formats

NTSC

PAL

720 × 480

4x3

29.97

Interlaced

Yes

720 × 480

16x9

29.97

Interlaced

Yes

720 × 576

4x3

25

Interlaced

Yes

720 × 576

16x9

25

Interlaced

Yes

1280 × 720

16x9

23.976

Progressive

Yes

Yes

1280 × 720

16x9

50

Progressive

Yes

1280 × 720

16x9

59.94

Progressive

Yes

1440 × 1080

16x9

23.976

Progressive

Yes

Yes

1440 × 1080

16x9

25

Interlaced

Yes

1440 × 1080

16x9

29.97

Interlaced

Yes

1920 × 1080

16x9

29.97

Interlaced

Yes

1920 × 1080

16x9

25

Interlaced

Yes

1920 × 1080

16x9

23.976

Progressive

Yes

Yes

Specify a layer break for dual-layer DVDs

Dual-layer DVDs must have a layer break—the point at which the DVD player switches from the first layer to the second. Ideally, Encore creates the layer break (also called layer transition) between timelines or menus, making a smooth transition (since it jumps layers at a point where no content is playing). If it cannot find a spot that satisfies these requirements, Encore enables the Layer Break setting. When the Layer Break setting is enabled, you can specify the break manually, or let the software do it automatically.

Note:

This option is not available for Blu‑ray discs.

  1. Choose File > Build, and choose the option corresponding to the type of DVD output to build.

  2. In the Disc Info section of the DVD Settings, make sure the disc’s Size is set to 8.54 GB Dual Layer.

  3. If the Layer Break setting is enabled, specify the type of layer break:

    Automatic

    Lets Encore determine the layer transition. To use an existing break, check If Possible, Use Existing Layer Break. If no valid break exists, the program uses the last chapter point in the allowable range. If no chapter point exists, Encore uses the midpoint of the range (per the timecode) as the default location.

    Manual

    Opens the Set Layer Transition dialog box. Set the layer break at either a chapter point or a specific frame (per the timecode.) Encore lists the choices for each option. Creating a layer break at a chapter point can result in a brief pause as the DVD player moves from one layer to the next.

Replicating discs

To produce multiple copies of your DVD or Blu‑ray disc, you can burn them yourself, either in Encore or by using a third-party mastering application. Producing them in Encore works best for limited quantities and requires the appropriate hardware or software. However, if you require a large quantity of discs, use a professional replication facility for mass production. Most replication facilities can accept files in DLT format or as single-layer DVD images (without copy protection applied). For specific information, contact your replication facility.

Note:

DVDs that use copy protection or region coding must currently be replicated at a professional replication facility. (The replication facility collects royalties.) If you burn these types of DVDs from Encore, the resulting discs work, but they do not include copy protection or may not include region coding. For information on region coding, see Set region coding for replicated DVDs. For information on copy protection, see Set copy-protection for replicated DVDs.

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