MPEGs are interlaced, so they're going to look a bit sketchy on a computer screen, depending on which video player you're using to play them. Also, remember that your standard def video is only going to have about one-fourth the resolution of your original footage.
That said, there's no reason to go through the extra step of outputting an MPEG to create a DVD. You can Share/Disc/DVD directly from your original video.
BTW, the quality of your output in version 10 is affected pretty dramatically by your project settings. Did you select project settings for 720p when you first started your Premiere Elements project? You can see your project settings under the Edit menu. Remember, the closer your project settings match your source footage, the better your results will be.
Yup, I m using a 720 p project settings and I exported my movie in the avchd area as both an mp4 abd m2t, both at 720p. But I thought I had to make an standard size mpeg version to get it on a physical dvd. Can I work off the mp4 file to do that? Will the dvd automatically reduce the size of the screen and put in the black bars if I watch on my HDTV?
Thanks so much for your help!
Again, I'm not sure why you're outputting a movie to create you DVD from. Are you working with a third-party DVD authoring program?
In Premiere Elements, you can just go right from your edited timeline to your DVD output. No need to output an intermediate video file.
I see that now! I completed missed the "disk"section. So I have 3 options in the dropdown:
I can't do BluRay because I don't have a Blu Ray Burner, part of my original issue. So it's between dvd abd ACHD right now. What is the diference and what would you recommend for my situation?
Thanks so much!!
If you have a DVD burner, that is the option you use (AVCHD is HiDef, not Standard Definition, so will not play on a DVD player)
Okay great . Good to know.
So even though the dvd choice is not HD, I am still given the option of wide screen in the dropdown. Since I am downgrading my 720p, would it make sense to not choose wide screen? Would there be less degradation with a smaller frame?
Thanks again for your time:)
1280x720 is widescreen video, so choose the widescreen option.
Also, note that your finished DVD will be interlaced -- as it should be, since you'll be playing it on TV. So it may not look really good on your computer. But it should look just great on your TV!