I video taped my rafting trip and I want to send DVDs to the participants of our fun vacation. I have about 3 hours of tape, but the final project is around 2 hours.
My question is:
What bitrate should I use to get the best video but not make a file that is too large for one DVD?
Also, how many reference frames do I specify? I am not very sure at all what the reference frames accomplish.
Do I use the de-blocking filter?
Also, when I start rendering the counter goes up so far that it seems like it is going to take days to render my project. I'll set the computer to render overnight, but I'd like to get some advice before I waste days trying to complete this project.