The high definition project preset you start with will not affect the output when burnt to DVD. How long is your video... for best quality you can get about one hour on a DVD.
If your DVD is under an hour and you still have quality issues you could try bringing your AVCHD footage into a standard definition widescreen project. See if when burnt this gives a better result.
Paul LS -
My DVD is 1 hour 8 minutes long. To make sure I understand you correctly, your suggestion is to start a New Project and at the Setup option choose the Preset: NTSC --> DV --> Widescreen 48kHz?
Well, cant quarentee that the quality will be any better. But yes that is what I meant.
Some time back there was much discussion about the problem of making high quality standard definition movies, such as DVDs, from high definition source material using Premiere Elements (and Premiere Pro too for that matter). Has anything changed? People with a HDV camera were advised to convert to DV in the camera, and capture and edit in standard definition, for instance.
With AVCHD you cant down convert in the camcorder. You have to capture to your harddrive as AVCHD or generally the software that comes with the camcorder will convert to standard definition MPEG2.
So to get a higher quality DVD would I be better off converting my AVCHD footage to MPEG-2 first? My Sony camcorder comes with software (Picture Motion Browser) that will do the conversion.
One thing, when you say the quality goes down drastically what do you mean? Can you describe it? Is it pixelization or is it jerkyness during motion in the video?
Maybe it is that you are comparing your DVD to the HD footage, you are bound to loose some resolution when converting to a standard definition format.
The problem with converting to MEG2 is that MPEG2 is a compressed format, when you burn to DVD the MPEG2 will be re-rendered by PE7 and further reduce quality. If possible it is better to convert from the HD format to DVD in one step.
I would say the reduction in quality is due to pixelization. There is not jerkiness during motion of the video.
It is just that the dancers faces, costumes, scenery are less defined than on my HD footage run straight through to the HDTV. Maybe that's just the result and I can't get any better with the DVD and my camera...
A standard definition DVD will be scaled up on your HDTV and will lose a lot of quality... especially on an LCD or Plasma screen. You could try an upscaling DVD player if you had access to one.
This may be a year late, but as I have been pulling my hair out trying to solve this problem for the last 48 hours I finally did find somewhat of a work around, but it requires Adobe PP CS4.2.
There is a plug-in here:
Which will actually output your edit as an AVCHD file. You can then burn this straight to an AVCHD using Nero 9 and keep the highquality level of your clips and not need Blu-Ray. The DVD player will need to be AVCHD capable, but I just bought one of those for $40 as compared to the $200+ of most Blu-Ray players.
Hope that helps.