About High Definition Sources and MPEG-2

Compressor has several different options and workflows for transcoding high definition (HD) video source files into MPEG-2 files.

HD on Blu-ray

Compressor can output MPEG-2 files for creating HD-resolution Blu-ray discs from either HD or standard definition (SD) source media. Compressor can retain the various frame sizes and frame rates of high definition video when transcoding to MPEG-2. And Compressor supports the higher bit rates required by the Blu-ray format. For more information on creating output for Blu-ray discs, see Stream Usage. Also see About Job Actions for information on adding the Blu-ray job action to a job.

Note: The other output file format option for Blu-ray discs is H.264, also known as MPEG-4 Part 10.

HD to SD Downconversion

For those situations in which you are editing high definition (HD) sources in Final Cut Pro and want to create a standard definition (SD) DVD from them, Compressor provides high-quality downconversion. Compressor retains as much detail as possible during scaling and correctly preserves progressive or interlaced formats when encoding to MPEG-2 for DVD.

To see the source media resolution and frame rate
  1. Import the source media file into the Batch window.

  2. Click the source’s name in the Batch window.

The source media file’s resolution and frame rate, along with its duration, appear in the lower-left corner of the Preview window.