Encore provides several levels of control for transcoding your video and audio assets into DVD-compatible formats:
You can transcode your materials into DVD-compliant formats before importing them into Encore. For example, you can transcode your clips before exporting them from Premiere Pro (using the same compression engine also used in Encore), and then Encore can use them directly without any further processing. You also can reuse material transcoded in other Encore projects in this way by copying them from the Sources/Transcodes folder in your project directory.
You can just sit back and have Encore transcode your materials automatically using the default settings. Encore sets the Transcode Settings field in the Project window to Automatic, and then uses appropriate compression settings based on the amount of material in your project.
By default, Encore waits until you first build your project to begin encoding all its contents. Once you have imported all the clips, however, you can manually start the compression process by choosing File → Transcode → Transcode Now. Encore then transcodes your clips in the background as you continue to work (or go off and take a break).
For more control over the compression parameters used for each clip, you can apply one of the predefined compression presets (use File → Transcode → Transcode Settings). In this way, you can specify that specific clips be encoded at higher quality—for example, because they are more difficult to ...