For nearly a month I couldn’t create a BluRay in Adobe Encore CS4. I tried all kinds of different export options for my media (H.264 vs. MPEG-2, different audio formats, different file sizes, different bit rates, VBR 2 pass vs. VBR single pass, etc.). I tried changing the location of the files used in the project and the location to where the .iso was being written. I tried shortening the name and removing spaces from all files involved. I even sacrificed a live rooster under the full moon while chanting preset options.
None of it worked.
The answer to the problem is so simple it’s embarrassing… for Adobe. If the thing that ABSOLUTELY prevents Encore from creating a disc/image is this simple to fix, why wouldn’t Adobe release a patch to fix it?
Here it is: the name of the disc, in other words, the name you give the disc in your project (not the .iso file, or the name of the project file, or the name of any of the other files involved), cannot be more than 15 letters, or the disc cannot be created. You will get this error:
Blu-Ray error: “fatal error”, code: “6”, Note:”
I did come across this solution in my previous searches, but I didn’t understand that when people were referring to “disc name,” they didn’t mean the name of the file you were creating (the .iso image) or the name of the project. Because it seemed like something as simple as the actual “name” couldn’t possibly have anything to do with an entire BluRay authoring session failing, I didn’t realize they meant the name you type in in this field:
If you make sure that the name in the “name” field above (where it says “Disc Name”) is short, your BluRay will burn.
Really? FIX THIS (or at least document it), Adobe.
For what it’s worth, these are the settings I use when exporting my media from Premiere via Adobe Media Encoder:
MPEG-2 BluRay, 1920x1080, 23.976, VBR 2 pass, bit rate min: 25 – target: 30 – max: 35, Dolby AC3 audio at 320Kbps, “maximum render quality” ticked.
When creating a new Adobe Encore project, I select NTSC, 1920x1080, 23.976 (but oddly the Encore timeline still always shows 30 frames… can’t figure this out).
If you alter the length of the audio or video on the timeline, you are apt to receive other error messages that will prevent the project from rendering. I advise making sure the audio/video are exactly as you want them in your Encore project before exporting them from Premiere. I also am a fan of setting the Encore Chapter markers in Premiere.