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Barnacle – I don't have the program in front of me right now so I'm doing this from memory, but if you're making a DVD as opposed to a Blu-Ray disk, MPEG-2 is what you will be creating. When you click SHARE in PE, it should bring up the options for either Blu-Ray, DVD or in later versions of PE, AVCHD on DVD.
DVD will play in all players and give you standard def. Blu-Ray will play in only Blu-Ray players and give you high def. AVCHD on DVD will play in many Blu-Ray players (not in DVD players.)
A Blu-Ray disk holds much more info than a DVD, so if you have a Blu-Ray burner, and don't intend to play it on a DVD player or non-Blu-Ray equipped computer, use Blu-Ray output since it will always give you the best possible quality.
Lakepirate 48 – Like rs170a said – the more times you change format, the more chance you have at reducing the image quality. Try to stay native quality whenever possible for best result until you HAVE to transcode it for distribution. A copy of a copy (etc.) is never as good as the original.