Encore vs. Architect
These are are two favourite DVD and Blu-ray programs. How do they compare?
Both have a very similar feature set and the same level of customisation.
♦ Architect has scripting and different video angles - Encore does not.
♦ Encore integrates tightly with Photoshop, Premiere and After Effects - the Photoshop link makes customising menus a breeze!
♦ Architect takes chapters and subtitles from Vegas, but customising menus with Photoshop is more hassle.
♦ Encore is a bit more intuitive - Architect’s interface is good but a bit more “dense”.
♦ Encore has the option of adding a Blu-ray style pop-up menu.
♦ Encore can render video and audio in the background. Architect cannot.
♦ Encore has a great flowchart view for laying out DVDs.
♦ Architect accepts video as program or elementary streams and is less likely to want to remake something which is already in the right format for DVD - this does not happen often in Encore, especially not when encoding from Premiere, but has happened on some occasions.
♦ Architect can make proper Stereoscopic Blu-ray discs.
♦ Adobe Encore is 64 bit and DVD Architect is 32 bit. This means that Encore is better at handling very complex projects
♦ Encore can make up your project in Flash format which makes it an easy way to make a complicated Flash project for things like, for example, our DVC tutorial discs. However Encore only produces Flash and many people, including ourselves, are moving on to using HTML5.
♦ You can only rent Encore via the Creative Cloud.
♦ Encore is sort of End of Life. Actually Adobe have not said the product is dead but have said that it is not being developed any further. This means it still exists, still works, and can still be bought. The only problem will be if a new operating system arrives (Windows 9 for example) and it no longer works on that o/s. Adobe will not remake it to work on any new operating systems. Architect has had no such announcement, although that does not mean it will definitely work with future operating systems of course!
If you edit with Premiere then you will obviously author with Encore, and if you edit with Vegas, then you will use Architect. There is not enough differences between the two programs to make you want to use Architect when editing in Premiere (for example). If editing with Grass Valley EDIUS or Avid Media Composer, for example, Architect is a good option as it adds better sound support than you get in EDIUS (you do not get ANY DVD authoring options with Avid Media Composer 8) and full DVD and Blu-ray writing..