Sunday Feb 23, 2020
Often people will get compile errors or will not be able to fit content on a DVD-5 (or DVD-9). Another thing to keep in mind is if you fill a disc up close to its limit, it can cause playback problems. Another thing to bear in mind is that DVD Players error correction can often work more efficiently on streams that take up less bandwidth.
One of the easiest ways to remedy the above is to make sure to make your audio AC3 format, and not AIF files. If you bring a movie file right into DVD SP it will not create an AC3 file, but uses the uncompressed audio. This will (a) take up more room than necessary and (b) can cause building problems if the combined rate of the audio stream and the video extreme exceed the DVD Maximum rate. If you go show you how to encode files to AC3
The seond thing to do is check you video bitrates. Make sure to encode outside of DVD SP, it makes it easier to change assets, and simply changing DVD SP preferences is not 100% reliable for making changes to existing projects. Name the files with distinct names so you know you are using the prope version, and to make sure DVD SP "knows" it is a different asset - i.e. if I create a movie on Feb 07, 2006 I will name it like 20060207_MyMovie_V1.m2v
Usually I tweak a bit lower than the calulator. For instance if it says an average rate of 5.2, set you average to 5, chances are you will not see the differene between 5 and 5.2 and can save you reencoding heartache/headache down the road. Max rates really should not be higher than 7.2 or so. In theory you can go higher, in practice can cause playback issues, particularly on DVDs from your computer or on "borderline" players.