Export using the MPEG2-DVD preset, and use the 2 files (audio and video) for Encore authoring
It is best to build a completely new project in Encore... since some people have problems trying to convert an HD project to SD
The tutorial list in message #3 http://forums.adobe.com/message/2276578 has a section for Encore, with more help in message #5
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Don't use Dynamic Link to Encore in CS5 as it flips the fields.
Pick a mpeg2-dvd preset (PAL/NTSC widescreen) and tweak the bitrate a bit.
I prefere VBR but others CBR. So just test it and see what you like best.
Multiplexer off. This will give you two files, one video and one audio.
Import that into Encore, make sure Encore is set to Don't Transcode.
Make menu, burn (or make an image and burn with 3rd party software)
Thank you for the help. I used your exact suggested settings in the screen shot you provided and the picture is still coming out a bit grainy with blacks looking over-saturated. Also, the video does not fill up the screen. I'm comparing this to the DVDs I used to make with my old miniDV SD camcorder that were authored with CS5 PP using Dynamic Link to Encore. Any suggestions on what to tweak? (As a reminder, the HD videos came out great using your suggestions. I'm just trying to get a good SD DVD.)
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I don't know why Ann had the Quality set to 4. You should raise that to 5. Also change the bitrates to 3, 6 and 9 for Min, Target and Max. Also change to 1 pass. And if you have CUDA acceleration turned on, I'd uncheck Max Render Quality.
Thank you, Jim. That helped the sizing issue, but even with the setting change it seems as if the quality is not quite as good as the SD DVDs I produced with my panasonic miniDV tape camcorder. I pulled out one of the old DVDs for comparison and noticed a slight difference. Is this an issue when using 1080i60 footage and then exporting to SD? I wouldn't think so, but I thought I would ask anyway. Are there any other setting tweaks I can try?
I'm somewhat new to this forum, but I'd like to ditto that original question for CS6 that I'm using. I have a PP project with AVCHD 1920x1080 60i footage (DSLR camera) and also larger Tiff pictures with motion. The bluRay disks burned in Encore look good, but I also need to create SD DVD disks for some people without bluray players. I'm finding that the DVD disks are coming out at a quality below what I used to get from the projects I shot with my miniDV camcorder. Are the answers for CS6 the same as for the CS5 question above - or is this the right way to jump in with this question?
Would it help to redo the project in PP with a different sequence setting to output to a DVD?
I pulled out one of the old DVDs for comparison and noticed a slight difference.
That may or may not be normal. For starters, you're not comparing the same footage, so other factors could be at play here.