As we've said again and again in our replies to people who ask this same question, if you're using the proper workflow and a good video source, the quality of the DVD will be virtually identical to the original video.
The exceptions are:
1) High-def video. DVDs are standard definition 720x480 video. That's less than one-sixth the resolution of high-def video. So no DVD is going to look as clear, as high-resolution or as detailed as 1920x1080 video. This will be particularly obvious if you're viewing your DVD full-screen on your computer. Your computer monitor is many times the resolution of a DVD (or a standard definition TV set). So a DVD at full-screen is virtually always going to look fuzzy. And, depending on the software you use to play it on your computer, it may show interlacing or combing. This is because TVs are interlaced and computer monitors are not.
2) Photos are also reduced to 720x480 pixels. So no DVD is going to look as clear, as high-resolution or as detailed as your original photos. In fact, if you shoot your photos on even a 5 megapixel camera, your DVD will be nearly one-fifteenth the resolution.
We've addressed many of these issues at length on this forum. This is the nature of DVDs and has nothing to do with the software.
The real trick is addressing the term "quality" -- which posters use pretty generically. When people say the "quality is not near the original" are they talking about resolution, color, focus, exposure and lighting? On this forum we've done side-by-side comparisons of original footage with the DVD results. When both are at the same resolution, the results are virtually identical.
Have you done a screen capture of your original video reduced to 640x480 can compared it to a screen capture of a de-interlaced DVD at 640x480?
Interesting how this seems to be an issue fairly often. Any DVD's that I have created with using several versions of Pre Elements, have been fine and the only problem or flaw Iv'e seen is the transitions on each image or video, tend to flicker or blur slightly. Maybe this can be fixed with the flicker settings, but no idea how to set this feature to work best..... is there a tutorial on this?
Don't know if these adjustments affect the final quality, but anyway the images and video in the projects are great.
I'm also experimenting with different methods prior to burning. One way is to convert each scene point to .AVI files and then importing each scene (file) to a new project, create the menus, then burn the disc. This method made the disc very fast in comparison and cannot see any difference in quality.
Ok and I've seen again and again you mention Proper workflow. Well what is that? The tutuorial says it's as easy as click and drag so I did it was easy. Did my business then went to DVD and clicked the ONLY options it gives. And yes it should be nearly identical but it is far from it. I was looking for an easy answer. I already read every froum about this and I DO understand how it should look. that's my problem!
de-interlaced? No I have no clue so I have not. I have looked at my original footage though.
and for the generic term quality, It looks lousy, blurry? the lines lost sharpness? fuzzy? Color is fine playback is fine. It just has a lower quality like I recorded it on vhs.
I appreciate the reply even though it was a copy and paste I already read. I am boggled why this is so difficult. The easy to use sold me. And I guess it is easy to use but I expected the settings to be there so I didn't have to. Cause I'm guessing "workflow" is the part where I should know something I don't.
>have standard definition file uploaded
I read both your postings, and I do not see DETAILS of what you are editing... without details, I don't think anyone will be able to help
At a minimum, the exact brand/model camcorder you used to record your video, AND the information of what is inside your video
Read Bill Hunt on a file type as WRAPPER http://forums.adobe.com/thread/440037
What is a CODEC... a Primer http://forums.adobe.com/thread/546811
What CODEC is INSIDE that file? http://forums.adobe.com/thread/440037
Report back with the codec details of your file, use the programs below... A screen shot works well to SHOW people what you are doing
And, some learning information
Online User Guide http://help.adobe.com/en_US/premiereelements/using/index.html
-Page to download current PDF http://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements.html
Importing Video http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1065281
-and project settings http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1112086
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
Steve's Basic Training Tutorials... steps are the same for several versions