I have observed that the quality of the final DVD is far less than when I view the video direct out of the camera, and wonder if anyone can advise me if I have any of the settings wrong. I am using a Canon XL2 with Premere Elements 3.
The settings I am using are;
DVD PAL, 25 FPS. Frame Size 720h, 576v. Frame rate 25fps. Pixel aspect D1/DV PAL Widescreen 16;9. Fields - Lower field first.
Audio - 48000 samples per second - DV capture
Rendering - Max Bit Depth off. Preview DV PAL. Compression DV PAL. Millions of Colour.
Any help or advice would be welcome.
Well, video on a DVD is compressed at least five times as much as video on a miniDV camcorder, John. So there's going to be some reduced quality -- even more if you try to squeeze more than an hour's video on a DVD disk.
But the quality shouldn't be "far less", if you working from DV footage captured by the program over FireWire. Premiere Elements uses the Main Concept DVD codec for compression, the same codec used by its prosumer Encore program.