Just to confirm, you're making a DVD, not a BluRay disc, right?
If that is the case, try this: Before you add your menus, use Share/Computer/AVI to output a DV-AVI of your movie.
Open a new project, one set up for DV Widescreen video and add your video to its timeline. Use this timeline to add your DVD Menu Markers and Menus. Your results should be perfect!
I agree with Steve's suggestion to edit your HD (High Definition) Project, with no Menus, and then Export/Share to a DV-AVI, to be Imported into an SD (Standard Definition) Project for authoring to DVD. Then, choose a Menu Set that matches your Project, either Standard 4:3, or Widescreen 16:9.
Remember, however, that when you go from HD to SD, you are reducing the resolution from 1920 x 1080 to 720 x 480 (NTSC), so you are down-rezzing to about 25% of the initial resolution. The footage will NEVER look as good, as it did in HD. That cannot be avoided.
Thank you I will try that later today when I have a chance. I had wanted to make an HD and an SD version of the same project as it will be going to different people. Is it best just not to put a menu on the HD version? I would like to if I can.
The workflow that I would use would be:
- Create a New Project in HD to match the Source Footage 100%
- Edit, Saving along the way
- When finished, do a Save_As, changing the name a bit, like adding "final_HD" to it
- Do all of the BD authoring in that Project, with HD Menu Sets, etc.
- Burn to BD from that Save_As Project
- Go back to the original Project (before the Save_As), Open it, and Export/Share to DV-AVI w/ 48KHz 16-bit PCM/WAV Audio
- Create a New Project in DV (NTSC, or PAL), in Widescreen 16:9 w/ 48KHz 16-bit Audio
- Import the DV-AVI
- Edit, if necessary, but probably not
- Do all of the DVD authoring in that Project, with Widescreen Menu Sets, etc.
- Burn to DVD, using only high-quality blank media, like Verbatim, Taiyo-Yuden or Falcon Pro
Hope that helps,