You're making DVD's? Why don't you use Adobe Media encoder to create the files for DVD?
DVDs are not HD. You need to read up on the fundamentals.
I am working on a school computer. We have DVD Studio Pro, Squeeze, Compressor, Toast Titanium, and Avid Media Composer. I searched for Adobe Media Encoder and couldn't find it. (I know this seems very basic, but I'm ultimately just wanting to make DVDs with the best quality (DVD-Rs) for my actors and film crew after the film gets through the festival circuit.
Thanks for that (lame that I would have somehow missed that important detail ); but still, if you have any advice for getting a quicktime movie to a DVD-R at the best possible outcome, that's what I'm looking to do.
Either DVDSP or Toast can do the job for you using the ProRes file. Run a test on a short clip -- see which looks best to you.
Just remember -- DVDs are SD, and if your project is in HD so far, the results inevitably will look different. Not as much resolution. Can't be helped.
My text is coming out pixilated, and I'm not sure if I should export from After effects as 720 (Is it?) instead of 1080 for DVDs.
As the lads have said, DVD uses MPEG2 at standard def, 720x480. If you're composing in AE at 720 or 1080, it's getting scaled way down to fit the MPEG2/DVD authoring limits. It sounds to me like you're then blowing your SD video stream up to fill a 720 or 1080 display or TV. And, yes, that will look petty bad.