Pinnacle Studio: How To Set Up the Make MPEG Settings

In Pinnacle Studio, you will use the Make MPEG File options panel to adjust MPEG compression settings. You will notice that there are many presets that you can choose in the Make MPEG File options panel. If you do not want to use any of the presets, you will need to select the custom preset option. This guideline will go over how to set up the video and audio custom preset settings. When you have the Make MPEG File options panel open in the custom view, you will see that the video settings are on the left hand side of the panel and the audio settings are on the right hand side of the panel.

Video Setting - Compression

The compression settings are located on the right hand side of the video settings panel in the Make MPEG File options panel. You will need to select either MPEG-1 or MPEG-2. You will receive a higher resolution and quality when using the MPEG-2 compression option. However, you will need to have software installed on your computer that is capable of decoding MPEG-2 files in order to view your movie.

Video Setting - Width and Height

The width and height settings are located on the bottom of the video settings panel in the Make MPEG File options panel. The measurements that are listed are measured in pixels. The maximum resolution for MPEG-1 is 384 by 288, and the maximum resolution for MPEG-2 is 720 by 576.

Video Setting - Bit Rate

The bit rate settings are located directly next to the width and height settings in the Make MPEG File options panel. You will need to select either VBR or CBR. VBR stands for variable bit rate and CBR stands for constant bit rate. While the VBR option requires less disc space, you may have difficulties viewing your movie in a DVD player.

Video Setting - Data Rate

The data rate settings are located below the width and height settings in the Make MPEG File options panel. You will need to use the slider to adjust the video data rate. When you move the data rate slider to the right, you will be increasing the quality of your movie, but you will also be increasing the amount of required disc space.

Audio Setting - Sample Rate

The sample rate options are located in the middle of the audio settings panel in the Make MPEG File options panel. For MPEG files, there are two sample rates that you can choose. Those sample rates are 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz. If your audio system can support multiple sample rates, you will be able to select both 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz.

Audio Setting - Data Rate

The data rate slider is located directly below the sample rate options in the Make MPEG File options panel. The audio data rate slider serves the same purpose as the video data rate slider. As you move the slider to the right, you will be increasing the quality of your audio, but you will also be increasing the amount of required disc space.

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