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Does SmartEncoding allow export with no loss in quality what so ever?

I work in Nero Video and create time lapse collections of pics. And at some time I want to add another series of pics, but needing to change duration to maybe 3 frames each you cannot move to advanced and handle that in a smooth way - there is not feature to close gaps when changing duration.

So thinking about workarounds for this.

One would be to export video as far as I have finished, and import into another project in Express mode - and there add pics - move to advanced mode and finish that new longer video.

#1. If I keep SmarEncoding on, will the quality of the imported video diminish at all in the new video export?
#2. Which export format is recommended for such an export/import operation to not reduce quality of final video?

The imported part is suggested to be untouched, and final as it is - before exporting.

Thanks.
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  • SmartEncoding is there to make the encoding time shorter. It shouldn't change the quality of the original video or pictures. When you export, make the output commensurate with the type of disc you're going to burn. For example, if you're burning a DVD-Video, the resolution is limited to 720x... and the format will be mpeg-2. That's done automatically during the burn process so, you can leave it at a higher resolution in the profile for whatever format you use for export. For blu-ray and AVCHD DVD it's limited to 1920x...
    • By the way, which version of Nero are you using?
    • Thank you.
      I use Nero Video 2017.
      But have to use manual for 2016 since there isn't one for 2017 - reading about SmartEncoding and everything else. I really like NV and hope to stay with it.

      Export would be in the same format as import - so hoped for what you say, that it should be left alone and just put out as it is. I can probably use this technique to just concatenate videos or add pics or whatever and make it longer as work continues without reducing quality on the imported videos.

      Right now I am exporting to file AVCHD or MP4, but possibly plan to use DVD RW later on burning AVCHD. Just playing off Xbox from usb drive and it might stay there and publish to Vimeo or something.
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  • What you can do is to work with your videos in the timeline and then click on Next. Select Create a Disc and select the disc type. In the Content screen, right click on a white space and select Make Slide Show. It will then open in Make Slide Show and you can add photos, set their duration (without the gap issue) and add music. When you click on Next, you're back in the Content screen and can procede from there. Not ideal, but maybe that works for you.
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  • LarsF,

    SmartEncoding is not available for every exportable format. For example:







    Assuming you simply have photos without transitions or other effects, if a previous project is opened, all of the photos are imported. After that, you can switch to Express mode and drag them to the timeline in a new "Express" project and then add your new photos and change the durations, etc.

    Or, add the new photos to a new Express project and set the duration. Switch to Advanced Edit; import the previous video; hold the SHIFT key down while dragging it to the beginning of the timeline; if necessary, apply the Slow/Fast Motion effect to the video to get the duration you seek.

    In any case, any edits to the previously made video will result in it being re-encoded.
    • May thanks for clarification, never thought of checking that smartencoding was for every format.

      This workaround thingy with extend one video with new time lapse stuff would work then if I stay to AVCHD for export. Then I can repeat that as needed.

      I saw in arranging view that also trimming clip will close gaps. It's a bit of a mystery how you cannot do it without trimming or deleting stuff. So to insert timelapse stuff you probably go below 1s interval, which is shortest default you can set. So you need to use duration to fix that, and close gaps as well.

      Incredibly cool thing with time lapse video, very popular. I downloaded the Vimeo app for Xbox the other day and looked at what people have done, it really blows you away.
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