Hello, I am new to this site and am hoping to learn quite a bit from the expertise of those that I've seen post on here. I would appreciate any kind of advice or knowledge you may have, and I look forward to learning more and more as I go along.
I have been using Adobe Premiere to edit my videos and then creating dvds with menus using Adobe Encore. Premiere is CS5.5 and Encore is CS5.1. I own a Canon VIXIA Hf r20 camcorder (Link at the bottom of the post), which I use to shoot in FXP mode, which is 17mbps. The camcorder records in AVCHD onto SD cards in the camera. Once I record, I copy the video files from the cards onto my computer via USB cable.
In premiere, I create a sequence with the following settings:
EDITING MODE: AVCHD 1080i Square Pixel (1.0)
TIMEBASE: 29.97 fps
FRAME SIZE: 1920x1080 16:9
The settings for the video files are as follows:
TYPE: MPEG Movie
IMAGE SIZE: 1920x1080
FRAME RATE: 29.97 fps
PIXEL ASPECT: 1.0
I do all my edits and whatever else I have to do, then create an encore project with these settings:
AUTHORING MODE: DVD
DIMENSIONS: 720x480 (I think this may be part of my problem, however Encore will not let me change this)
FRAME RATE: 29.97
MAX BITRATE: 8.0 mbps
Every timeline I create is also 720x480 with 29.97 fps. It will not allow me to change these settings. My menus are set to 16:9 aspect ratio by clicking the 16:9 radio button in the properties panel on the right.
I then import the sequence from premiere, set up all menus, and get everything working. Once everything is set up,I build the dvds and finish. This method has worked for years, but I do notice a general degradation in quality. My camera shoots in decent HD, but by the time it gets to the finished DVD the faces seem more blurry, the pixels can be seen, and on widescreen tvs it seems to distort everything, even though the video is shot in 1920x1080.
I believe my problem is with pixel and frame aspect ratios. I read a few articles and such that state that if the video looks perfect on your computer, it will be distorted on a tv and vice-versa due to the square or rectangle pixel aspect ratios . I've been desperately trying to learn on my own about how ratios work, but it's giving me quite a bit of trouble to wrap my head around.
So my basic question is this: What settings should I be using in premiere and encore to get the best quality video when I create the dvds? It also might be important to note that I do use stills in my video, however the stills I create are 1920x1080 so that they have the same ratio as the video. But these are created by me from scratch, so I can make the sizes whatever they need to be.
I know this is a lot of technical info, but I would rather have too much info than not enough. Any advice on this matter would be greatly appreciated. I've learned a lot on my own but I think I could benefit greatly from this site and the great people on it. Thanks for taking the time to read this, and once again I would appreciate any input or advice I can get.