I have had no trouble making dvd's.
Assuming you are CS6. Dont use DL.
Export from Premiere with a mpeg2-dvd preset or set it manually and make sure the Field is set to upper.
2.8, 7, 8 and VB2 are good settings. Dont use preview files and it you do not have a cuda card set MRQ checked.
Set scale to fill and you wont have black bars on the side.
Remember dvd's show on a hdtv should be played on a dvd player with upscaler or bd player.
If played on a pc use a real dvd player like power dvd or even vlc player with deinterlaced set to on.
I'm rendering out trying this method. Does using this format cause me to lose quality once inside of encore since I'm going to SD before I import it? Or does Encore consider this format already transcoded for DVD since it's in SD?
Previously I exported from premiere in HD MPEG 2 and still had DVD issues when Encore made the DVD.
Mpeg2-dvd will give you a file that is dvd legal.
If all is well Encore will state dont transcode.
Make sure of that.
One thing I would add to Ann's great advice - consider the length of the program when setting the bitrate. The example of "7" will work up to about 80 minutes, but beyond that the file may become too large for a DVD and then Encore would be forced to transcode just to make it fit. There are online bitrate calculators that you can consult, or try 560/minutes=bitrate to get you in the ballpark, and round down the result just a bit to be safe. Example: 560/120=4.66, so I use 4.5
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Have you found a solution to your problem?
Thanks for asking Lewis Im sorry for not posting but yes I did find a solution to this issue. I have made a DVD with no grain. I've since ran into an even more confusing bizarre issue with writing the DVD files on this project. I've posted that issue here
If ANYONE can PLEASE help with that I really need to get paid for this lousy project and find a working workflow in the odd chance this company hires me again