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What you are thinking of is the frame rate of your video. Bit rates are what determines the overall quality of video in playback. Generally you don’t have an option of bit rates on the editing timeline or project properties. For an example of bit rates, go to YouTube and watch a video with the option of higher quality playback (most of my YouTube videos have the option.) The normal playback option has a bit rate around 364 Kbps and the high quality playback has a bit rate of around 712 Kbps. But the DV format runs at 25 Mbps (or roughly 25,600 Kbps) and that rate is too high for DVD players to read.

The question is, what bit rate is MyDVD using when it compresses video for burning DVD’s? My version of MyDVD has no options for setting a target bit rate. But I’ve got the older Sonic version from before Roxio bought them out. Now the big appeal for MyDVD is the ease of use, not the amount of control you get over the final product. Since I can’t tell you how to adjust bit rates in Roxio MyDVD, I’ll describe a fairly simple work around.

This requires you to return to your NLE and render a new file. What you’ll need to do is to render into MPG2. Since you haven’t mentioned what NLE you use, I can’t describe the exact steps to follow. And I don’t know what kind of file you loaded into MyDVD, but I’m guessing it wasn’t an MPG2. So try using the MPG2 defaults and see if the rendered file isn’t smaller than your original file. Then go ahead and burn a new disc with the MPG2 file as your source video. Hopefully that will solve the problem.

But if you were in fact rendering an MPG2 file for MyDVD to burn, then you will need to adjust your render settings. And bit rate is likely to be one of the options you can set. Just pick a rate one or two steps below the largest bit rate and try rendering then burning a disc using the new MPG2 as the source video.

If you are having trouble understanding my description, let me know and I can try to explain things better.

Good luck and let us know how it goes.

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