Yes, there are different Publish & Share settings, depending on how you're going to use or view your video. The video you output for upload to YouTube, for instance, is very different than the video you use to create a DVD -- and there both very different than the video you'd output if you're going to create a DVD using a third-party program.
What do you ultimately plan to do with your video? That will determine the best Publish & Share choice.
Thanks Steve! Here is what I have been doing. Publish + Share -> Computer - export files for viewing on computers -> MPEG -use for playback on computers and or burning discs -> presets
Once I get to the preset settings I get confused. There are some many options and I don't understand them. Am I going about this all wrong in the first place? My end all goal is to create videos using PE11 and then burn them to a DVD using TMPGEnc Authoring Works 4. I have spent quite a bit of time doing the actual video editing and I want to make sure I get the best quality final product that I can (a DVD) when I output the videos.
Thanks for your support!
The best output for producing video for use in a DVD authoring program is Publish & Share/Computer/MPEG with the NTSC DVD Standard preset.
If your video is 16:9, select the NTSC DVD Widescreen preset. If you're shooting in PAL rather than NTSC, select the appropriate PAL option.
This video is DVD-ready and require minimal, if any, re-encoding by your disc authoring program.
This is what I did but the video quality was terrible when I viewed it on my computer. Is this normal? Will it be better when I actually burn it to a DVD? Also, I don't know if I am shooting in NTSC or PAL. How can I find out? Sorry, I'm quite the novice. I appreciate your advice!
As I said, there are different outputs optimized for different purposes. The DVD-MPEG output is interlaced and won't look all that good on your computer, but it will look pretty good once it's been encoded to a DVD.
BTW, if you want to watch an MPEG (or any video for that matter) on your computer, I'd recommend you use the great, free VLC Media Player rather than something stock, like the Windows Media Player. The VLC Player includes a feature for that compensates for interlacing and makes your video look as good on your computer as it will on your TV.
Thanks Steve! I'll try that and see how it turns out. I really appreciate you sharing your knowledge with me.