YES!!! On a Roll is corre



On a Roll is correct. You should be using his method. 7mb 1 pass is perfect for 1hour, and you can probably fit about 1hour 15 minutes using this setting and is considered high quality. You should hardly see any quality loss if any.

You should only need two conversions, the initial conversion to AVI(DV) upon capture, and the final export to the MPEG2-DVD.

If you have been exporting (converting the AVI) to just a regular mpeg and than taking that mpeg into a DVD authoring program, it’s just going to convert that mpeg into another mpeg that is DVD compliant. this will always cause quality loss especially if the settings in your program are set to less than 7mb 1 pass. If you follow Roll’s advice…you should be fine.

I however do it a little differently. I prefer to have my DVD authoring program (Encore) make the conversion for two reasons: I have found it to be faster and I’m just more comfortable with a authoring program using it’s own conversions. But that’s just me…. I acomplish this by capturing my video (AVI) I than obviously edit the footage, and instead of exporting to mpeg, I just export another AVI which is DV (microsoft DV AVI to be exact.) I just goto file>export>movie. When exporting a movie as AVI, there is no quality loss as there is in mpeg or other types of conversions. It’s just a compilation of all the AVI rendered files within the timline. Just make sure that in your project settings, you have the rendering set to "maximum bit depth" Also, in the export settings, make sure that the recompress box is not checked.

I than just take my new AVI file and import it into Encore.(I’m sure other applications will accept AVI as well) I make sure the Mpeg2-DVD transcode settings are at 7mb 1 pass and hit transcode. I like Encore because while your video is transcoding, you can still design your menus and actions. When you’re done designing, the video is usually done transcoding and all that’s left is to transcode the menus which doesn’t take long at all. Another feature I like is that once the main video is transcoded, it does’t transcode the video all over again just because you made a simple change to a menu. If you use premiere’s authoring plugin, it will transcode the whole damn thing over and over again even if you have to change one damn letter in the menu…

I believe adobe removed the DVD authoring plugin from CS3. I’m glad they did. As I said the transcoding was brutal and it always skrewed up my menu buttons so most DVD’s (9 out of 10), though good quality, were substandard because the navagation was messed up. If CS3 does have this feature I would try it, but at the first sign of any problem, I would completely abandon the feature and cut your losses. If this feature is available, I would hope they have made some drastic improvements. ON A ROLL, did you have any problems with the DVD menu feature in premiere?

I would recommend Encore for your DVD authoring. It’s a complex program and you may find yourself just staring at it for awhile, but it alows you much control. I’ve found that 8 hours of solid practice will give a good working knowledge of the program. Once you get used to it, it’s your best friend. (that is unless you have a Mac using DVD studio pro.)

Best Regards,


I hope we helped, because this quality issue is obviously crucial to business.

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