- Jul 30, 2013
- Milwaukie, OR, US
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According to this link, the higher the bitrate used, the better the picture quality. But this also means less episodes per DVD.
Since it is common practice that most TV on DVD releases have up to four hours or eight half-hours per DVD9, would it be logical to assume that the average bitrate used for mastering such discs would be about at least 3000 Kbps to establish the greatest picture quality per episode?
I believe VEI's releases of older Paramount shows (cf. The Immortal, The Magician, Angie and The Bad News Bears), all of which exceed the usual four full hours or eight half-hours per DVD9, were mastered with a bitrate of somewhere above 1500 Kbps but less than about 3000 Kbps.
The link above also suggests that using bitrates below 1500 Kbps are not recommended.
Many TV on DVD releases were also mastered using the old standby MPEG-2 codec, but some now use the H264 codec.