Create and Burn Blu-ray Discs Using Final Cut Pro 6, Adobe Encore CS4 and OWC Mercury Pro BD/DVD/CD Burner
One of the biggest complaints for Final Cut Pro (FCP) editors is the inability to create and burn Blu-ray Discs (BDs) with Macs. Windows apps seem to have all the fun with built-in BD creation/burning software (like Sony Vegas Pro and others). This article aims to help you create those BDs using FCP, Adobe Encore CS4 for Mac, and the excellent Other World Computing Mercury Pro BD/DVD/CD Burner.
Final Cut Pro
Adobe Encore CS4
Upon initial set-up, you'll indicate what kind of disc you're creating (Blu-ray or DVD), whether it's NTSC (60i/30p) or PAL (50i/25p), the frame size (make sure you match your original source material), frame rate, and what type of encode used (MPEG-2 or H.264).
For this exercise, I chose Blu-ray, NTSC, 1440x1080 (the original footage was shot on a Sony HDV camera), 23.98 fps (or 24p), and MPEG-2. Once you're finished, Encore will set up the transcode settings and you're ready to create your BD masterpiece.
After you've imported your assets, you can create your own menus (with Photoshop, which is fantastic), or use templates found in Encore CS4. Once you're done with the BD creation and render, it's time to preview then burn a Blu-ray disc.
You can preview the BD by clicking on the DVD icon at the top-left:
After previewing the BD, go to the Build tab and select Blu-ray under Format, and Blu-ray Disc will automatically pop up for Output. I'd recommend using re-writable Blu-ray discs in the Mercury Pro to test the process. Click Build and then wait; you'll need some patience, so I recommend going to a movie. Seriously, it takes a while.
Once it's done, drop the BD into a Blu-ray player or a Playstation 3 and make sure that it's running well. My disc had no problems, but I didn't really make too many menus; I just used a Photoshop file created to advertise my film 9:04 AM (www.904am.com).
Get more information at www.apple.com/finalcutstudio, http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/encore/, and http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other%20World%20Computing/MRF8BDSD8XT/.
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