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There’s actually many variables that could be causing the poor quality. I don’t know exactly what the camera software is doing. I have a feeling that somewhere along the line there is an unnecessary conversion taking place. (eg. if you are exporting a regular mpeg and than having premiere or nero or some other program burn a DVD with that mpeg, it is very probable that the software is converting that mpeg into another mpeg that is DVD compliant(VOB); which will cause additional and unnecessary loss.)
There also may be a problem with the encode settings being too low…I just can’t tell, so instead of just posting a whole page of speculations, I’m just going to tell you what I did when a customer gave me their DVD camera files to edit. (The finished project had no noticibale quality loss whatsoever…I was a little suprised because I did expect a little loss.)
1. I had no DVD camcorder so I placed the DVD into my computer and copied the video files to a folder on my computer’s Hard Drive. (there may be different types of files. I’m assuming that the video files will have the .VOB extension like the files I had, but I’m not sure. They may just have the .mpg extension. In either case, the video files will have an extremely larger file size than the rest of the files.
2. Since the files I had were VOB, I could not import them into premiere. I had to convert them. I used a program called Canopus Procoder. I loaded the files into the program and converted them to Microsoft DV AVI – not just any type of AVI. (Before you buy conversion software or search for free software, try to import the files into Elements. If you can, than great! You can just use premiere as the converter. Once the files are imported, I would place one file at a time on the timeline, and than export the clip by going to File>Export>Movie. In the settings, make sure the "recompress" box is not checked. Also, you should find the render settings and make sure it is set to maximum bit depth. I apologize if these settings are not available in Elements. If not…don’t worry its no big deal, they probably just set it as default. Save the file to another folder called "converted" or something like that.
If premiere doesn’t let you import the video files than the only way this will work is if you have conversion software. Procoder is $500 dollars but there are other programs that cost around $30 or even free. Whatever you get, just make sure it can convert your files (VOB or Mpeg) to Microsoft DV AVI…very important.
3. I than imported the newly converted AVI files into premiere. (I would suggest you start a completely new project and then import your newly converted AVI files.
4. I edited my AVI files and than burned a DVD directly from the timeline. You can also export another AVI without any quality loss. You can than import that AVI into another project and burn your DVD from that timeline. The type of exporting you should be doing is either File>Export>Movie or File>Export>DVD. Do not create your own mpeg and than have that mpeg coverted to DVD.
You might be saying.."this is similar to what I’ve already been doing" But doing it this way will ensure that the camera software is not making additional or substandard conversions.
I have a feeling this still may be a bit confusing and I apologize that I can’t give you a better answer. I wanted to research your camcorder a little more, but I’m a little swamped and the information I wanted is not readily available online. I do not have a camera similar to this one, so I can’t troubleshoot. I don’t even know any video buddies that use a dvd camcorder.
I do know that your camcorder doesn’t have firewire so DV capture on the fly is not possible. If you want to skip the information I’ve posted and just get it over with, you can buy an "analog to digital converter" This will allow you to plug your camera into the converter via the S-video and audio ports on your camera. You than plug the firewire port on the converter to your computer’s firewire port (if your computer has one X-D …it never ends does it…you always need something you don’t have.) Once you have everything plugged in, you can just capture the video in Elements as it plays back from the camera. converter prices vary from $30 – 100’s and if your computer needs firewire ports, you can get these for $15 – $150.
This last option is a little funny, but if you have access to a regular old digital camcorder, you can plug your DVD camcorder into it and hook that camcorder to the computer via firewire. Your DVD camcorder’s video will run through the old digital camcorder right into the computer. It’s a little ridiculous but some of those old camcorders are cheaper than buying an analog to digital converter. You’re starting to get an idea of how important firewire is to us video guys.
I understand this is alot of info, so if you still need help, my business phone should be fixed either tomorrow or thursday and you can give me a call. It might be a little easier and more practical than writing a book in a forum. 😀 just let me know if you need the number.
Also, if it gives you the option…make sure your DVD encode settings are something like 7mb 1 pass CBR. Anything lower than 7mb will cause more loss.