Starting with the first question:
Should I choose Computer or Disk? Pros and cons?
The "Computer" will produce a file, on the computer, that can be played, or delivered. In your case, that delivery would probably be via cables from the computer, to the TV, or to the TV via a USB flash drive. The choice of which type of file (and which specs.) will be determined by what the TV can handle from the USB flash drive. If the TV is connected via cables, your only concern will be to Share+Publish to a file format, that your choice of media player can handle.
The "Disk" setting is to author a DVD-Video, or BD (Blu-ray Disc), for playback from a computer, or a set-top DVD, or BD player.
Just what version of Premiere Elements are you using and on what computer operating system is it running on?
Since you are mentioning Publish+Share options, you need to have or be thinking about Premiere Elements 11 or 12. For now I will assume Premiere Elements 12 on Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 64 bit computer.
With regard to one of your questions
Is there a detailed listing of the Publish+Share options?
Please check out my Premiere Elements 12 First Look blog post, Part 4 Publish + Share.
For what you describe I would focus on
a. Publish + Share/Computer offerings for a file save
b. Knowing the specifications of your player
I'm using Premiere Elements 12 on a Windows 7 64 bit computer. I'll read through your blog post now, thank you.
Thanks for the reply.
If you have any questions or need clarification on anything written, please do not hesitate to ask.
Best coordinate the player specifications with the Premiere Elements export offering which are many.
From what you describe, it looks like your primary focus is best targeted at those Publish+Share/Computer/AVCHD offering and their compatibility with your player(s).
Looking forward to learning of further developments.
Seems like there are 4 "best options" - can anyone advise further?
SubCat Option File Type Frame Size Frame Rate Audio Setting MPEG MPEG2 1920 x 1080i 30 MPEG2 Blu-ray 1920 x 1080 29.97 Dolby Digital, 192 kbps, 48 kHz MPEG HDTV 1080p 29.97 High Quality MPEG2 1920 x 1080 29.97 MPEG, 384 kbps, 48 kHz, 16 bit, Stereo AVCHD M2T - H.264 1920 x 1080i 30 H.264 Blu-ray 1920 x 1080 29.97 Dolby Digital, 192 kbps, 48 kHz AVCHD MP4 - H.264 1920 x 1080p 30 H.264 1920 x 1080 29.97 AAC, 160 kbps, 48 kHz, Stereo
I would go with the AVCHD choices, whichever is compatible for your player.
But, best do mini test runs for each to determine which one works best for you.
I rendered a 9:23 video into all 4 formats and my conclusions are:
1080i Blu-ray is better than 1080p.
From what I could garner on websites 1080p Blu-ray might be better than 1080i Blu-ray but that's not an available option.
The file size was 1.0 GB for the 1080p and 2.2 GB for the 1080i Blu-Ray (both MPEG and AVCHD), as I stated early file size is not a significant constraint.
MPEG vs AVCHD, I honestly could not tell the difference.
some web comment: MPEG-2 has better detail retention, but is much blockier. Most viewers would likely prefer H.264
some web comment: AVCHD is actually better quality video but its compressed so when you play or edit it (decompress) it is highly CPU intensive
AVCHD M2T H.264 Blu-Ray 1920 x 1080i 29.97 will be my format of choice going forward.
I welcome anyone's feedback.
Interlaced and Progressive footage can become an issue depending on the degree of action in the scenes and whether you are dealing with TV and computer playback. Please check out the comments in Adobenewbie123 thread.
Apologies ATR, I think you're telling me that I've chosen the wrong one for my fast action (scuba) videos? But I'm not sure?
You can run into problems with interlaced video in its scenes with fast movements. Deinterlacing technology of the player may or may not minimize or eliminate the problem as per the disucssion in Adobenewbie123's thread and others.
But, define what works for you under varied video scenarios.