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Why does imported DVD image deteriorate?

Feb 1, 2013 11:57 AM

I imported a video from a DVD into Elements.  The image quality of the imported video was significantly worse than the DVD image when viewing the DVD.  This was true even after rendering it.  What do I need to do to preserve the DVD image quality when importing it?  Thank you!

 
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    Feb 1, 2013 2:19 PM   in reply to KittyKingdom

    What are the specfications of the Project's Preset, chosen at New Project?

     

    Remember that the video in a DVD-Video's VOB will be heavily compressed to MPEG-2 to begin with, and then, when you go to output that Project's Timeline, if you go with any other heavily compressed format/CODEC, such as to burn another DVD-Video, the quality will suffer, yet again, as it did, when the original material was compressed to work on the DVD.

     

    Good luck,

     

    Hunt

     
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    Feb 1, 2013 2:31 PM   in reply to Bill Hunt

    Are you saying that you took a DVD and imported it into Premiere Elements -- and that the video when played in Premiere Elements isn't as good as on the originl DVD?

     

    It's at all clear what workflow you're describing -- or even what version of the program you're talking about.

     

    Please describe what you're doing, step by step.

     
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    Feb 1, 2013 3:35 PM   in reply to KittyKingdom

    Thank you for that information.

     

    Going back to the original PrE Project, the one with the Still Images, do you still have that Project available?

     

    If so, the better workflow would be to Open that Project, and then output to a DV-AVI file, instead of burning a DVD-Video. That maintains much higher quality, than the MPEG-2 DVD files in the DVD-Video. DV-AVI is only slightly compressed, and is almost visually lossless. One has to look very closely, and study very carefully, to see that loss. That DV-AVI will Import seamlessly into a DV Project (NTSC, or PAL, depending on where you live), and can be edited with ease.

     

    When one compresses to MPEG-2 DVD, much quality is lost, and can never be recovered, however that MPEG-2 is the ONLY format for a DVD-Video - no way around that. It is good, in the DVD-Video, but when one goes to edit that material, there will be a loss. There are several reasons for the loss, but to keep from boring you with details, let's just say that it's because of the heavy compression applied at MPEG-2 DVD.

     

    Now, you can see what the Properties of your Project (the new one) is, and that information can be helpful. If it's an ideal for the MPEG-2 material, then you might get acceptable results, but still far below that of the DV-AVI workflow, that I mentioned above.

     

    Good luck,

     

    Hunt

     
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    Feb 1, 2013 4:22 PM   in reply to KittyKingdom

    >How do I output

     

    Saving & Sharing http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1137128

    -Sharing to DVD or BluRay http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1137645

    -Sharing for Movies http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1051093

    -Sharing for Computer http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1058237

     
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    Feb 2, 2013 6:57 AM   in reply to KittyKingdom

    If I could be so bold, I just went through this.  Hit "Share", then "Computer", then look carefully for a scroll bar to the right of the AVCHD (and others) selection.  If you scroll down, there will be "DV-AVI for importing into Premier Elements projects".

    On the question about settings for your project; When you "File, New Project", the window that opens up will tell you what it defaults to, and it's not what you want.  Hit the "Settings" button and pick your pleasure.

     
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    Feb 2, 2013 7:30 AM   in reply to BobSomr

    Bob,

     

    I think that you have steered Kitty in the correct direction. The scroll bar, to the right, is very hard to see, and does not stand out at all. Many people miss it completely. The Scroll-Down, should reveal the DV-AVI option.

     

    Thank you,

     

    Hunt

     
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    Feb 2, 2013 8:57 AM   in reply to KittyKingdom

    Why not edit mpeg http://tangentsoft.net/video/mpeg/edit.html is also true for trying to edit a VOB

     
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