Daniel2 Export Settings
After the installation of the Daniel2 export plugin for Adobe Premiere (and Adobe Media Encoder) you can choose the Daniel2 codec as export format as any other format in the export settings. There are two options - Daniel2 MXF and Daniel2 ES.
We would recommend the use of the Daniel2 wrapped inside an MXF Op1A container which wraps all elements - video, audio, and indexes - all in one easily manageable files. When choosing Daniel2 ES , with ES being the abbreviation for "Elementary Streams", all elements are written into separate files.
If you only want to export video, uncheck the "Export Audio" selector. Of course you could also just export audio, but for that you don't need a Daniel2 codec.
Daniel2 Video Settings
In the Video Settings just set the output values you require. Daniel2 settings can be freely chosen, so this may take some trying to find the best combination for you. We have no fixed profiles unlike Apple ProRes or AVID DNxHR. This makes setup more complicated but you get exactly what you want.
Output resolution and frame rate need no explanation and also the Field Order should be clear. Progressive in this day and age is always preferred, but with HD and below one still faces interlaced video. Bit depth is selectable from 8, 10, 12 or 16 bit. For most cases 10 bit should be enough apart maybe from high-end film production. For some cases also 8 bit maybe be the right choice - e.g. when you know the source is 8 bit, so there is no pint wasting additional bandwidth and storage.
Chroma modes are 4:2:2 (YUV) or RGBA (4:4:4:4). Don't worry if you only want to do RGB (4:4:4), if there is no Alpha channel you are not wasting any space selecting RGBA anyway, as we would detect the absence of the Alpha channel automatically. If you need Alpha channel support RGBA is the choice to make.
The Rate Modes determine the bit rate algorithm used. CQ is Constant Quality which has a changing bit rate depending on the complexity of the picture with the average bit rate defined by the slider or typed in with the value being Mbps. CBR is Constant Bit Rate, meaning the bit rate stays the same as defined by the slider (or typed value) independent of the complexity of the picture and the picture quality may vary unless the rate is set high enough.
The Daniel2 Adobe Plugin is public beta. This software is provided as is without any implied guarantees or obligations. It is time bombed set to expire in 90 days. Within this time-frame a new, final release will become available to replace the beta version. Be sure to re-check this web site or to check your email for any announcements.