You can put Bluray on a DVD-R, but it must be played back on a bluray player. Only about 20 minutes. Your content is almost certainly too long. Doing this well requires shooting with the goal of DVD (and Bluray) delivery in mind.
Best DVD results, in an age of HD TVs, requires a decent upscaling player. Experiment with a couple short sections.
From a post on cow:
Use an Encore Bluray project. Build to a bluray image so the size will fit on a DVD. My recollection is the same as Ricky's - about 20 minutes at whatever the rate was! I use imgburn to burn the BD image onto a DVD. A BD player will play the DVD as a BD. I have heard that some players will not handle this, and I have tested it on only one player.
And same thread from Patrick Simpson:
Very interesting. According the FCP article, the burned DVD has an "average bit rate of 14.7 Mbps and a max bit rate of 17 Mbps" due to the limitations of the DVD's red laser. I'm guessing I'd have to limit the data rate with Encore as well.
Yes, export from PPro as MPEG2-DVD and import the 2 files (video and audio) into Encore for authoring
>buying DVD's and seeing them in poor 480p quality
As Stan says, you don't get HiDef quality from a DVD
Link to DVD Demystified FAQ http://forums.adobe.com/thread/544206 may explain more
The tutorial list in message #3 http://forums.adobe.com/message/2276578 may help
PS - I go from AVCHD to DVD with great quality http://forums.adobe.com/thread/652694
I think that Stanley and John T, have addressed some options.
If you do need a DVD-Video, the best will be to play it on either a BD, or DVD player, with up-rezzing capabilities. They have dedicated chips that will enhance that DVD-Video to the best that it can ever be - not HD, but better than straight DVD to TV.
We all get spoiled by viewing the HD footage we shoot, but DVDs can look very good on an HD screen. As mentioned, the trick is to use an upconverting playing, which will have an HDMI output. DO NOT use the yellow RCA composite out from a DVD player to HD screen, that will look nasty!
I create a LOT of DVDs from HD footage and they all look excellent on my 50" 720p display coming from a Blu-ray player, though any upconverting DVD player ought to provide similar results. I often think I'm watching HD footage and have to remind myself that it is standard definition on the DVD.
You can use Dynamic Link from Premiere to Encore, but myself and it seems a majority of users here like to have some more manual control and will use Export from Premiere using Adobe Media Encoder. Choose "MPEG-2 DVD" format and an appropriate preset for your needs. Besides that, you may need to change the data rate depending on program length to be sure the exported file is not too big for the DVD. The assets you encode can then be Imported into Encore. No sense encoding to .mov or anything else, as Encore will need to transcode to MPEG-2 DVD anyway, just adding more layers of compresssion and time lost if you use some other intermediate format.
On another note regarding your 150 "orders" - it sounds like you have not collected any money yet. People will often "sign up" for things, but will not follow through later. Best to collect the money with order forms up front. If you burn 150 copies, you could end up stuck with half of them unsold. Also, you are certainly free to charge whatever you want, but $5 is a bit light after expenses of DVD media, case, ink for printing DVD and insert, etc. I understand you are not doing this for profit, but rather to raise some funds for film club, but don't sell yourself short ;-)
Safe Harbor Computers
We all get spoiled by viewing the HD footage we shoot
So very true, and as mentioned, a DVD-Video, played from a deck w/ a good up-rezzing chip, through HDMI, can look very, very good.
I have recently re-visited some of my old DVD-Videos, with some of my BD decks, hooked to 48" to 60" HD TV's, and have been amazed at how good they look - not BD, obviously, but better than I would ever have imagined - far better than when played from older DVD decks to some pretty good CRT TV's, from when I first created them.
Thanks for the additional info, like the connection cable. I had not mentioned that, and it can be very important.