3 Replies Latest reply on Sep 11, 2008 4:55 PM by Steve Grisetti

    PE3 DVD Menu Background video quality

      I'm creating a video for DVD and have got a 15 second AVI file I am using for the DVD menu background.

      I've added it in the Create DVD section and it all works fine. However, when I view the created DVD the quality of the menu video is horrible. Lots of compression artifacts.

      When I look at the VIDEO_TS folder the VOB file for the menu is about 6Mb.

      If I create a movie using the same 15 second AVI as the main movie (and no DVD title) then the SAME 15 second AVI becomes a 15Mb VOB file and looks much better.

      a) Why is PE3 using such low quality when compressing video files to use as DVD menu backgrounds?
      b) Is it possible to override it and make it use the same quality it uses for the main movie?

      Many thanks,

      PS I'm using Premiere Elements 3.02 on Windows XP.
        • 1. Re: PE3 DVD Menu Background video quality
          Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional
          Is this AVI you're using for your menu a DV-AVI? In other words, is it video captured over FireWire from a miniDV camcorder?

          AVIs using other codecs can cause the problems you're describing.
          • 2. Re: PE3 DVD Menu Background video quality
            Level 1
            Hi Steve,
            The 15 second DVD menu background AVI was created in Premiere Elements in a separate project. I created some Titles with Motion paths, layered them and then added some music.

            I then used File->Export->Movie... to save it as a Microsoft DV AVI which I then imported into the main movie project.

            I then selected Create DVD and dragged the movie into the Menu Background place.

            The project seems to work fine. The only issue is that the generated VOB for the menu is only 6Mb and very poor quality whereas if I create a DVD from the separate project where I created the 15 second title movie the same movie clip becomes a 15Mb clip (and hence 2-3x the visual quality too).

            Note that the rest of the movie is fine. It's just the menu background that appears to have been badly compressed.

            • 3. Re: PE3 DVD Menu Background video quality
              Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional
              Sorry, Chris. I'm not sure what the problem is then.

              Assuming you're judging your video quality by the final output, on a TV, and not by the preview you see in the DVD menu workspace, I don't know what can be done to improve it.