Is my first time in Adobe forums and my english isn't certainly the best, so excuse me for something I'll possibly make wrong :-)
This is my problem:
I edit a lot of videos (holidays, weddings, karting, ...) from Mini-DV tapes. No problem on edit work, neither on export to AVI or MPEG. And at this point (after export) I don't think I had lost some video quality or if had that would be slight. But when I finished the next step (convert the resulting file to DVD format) I realize that video suffers from a substantial quality lost, mainly a distortion on whites (they get much brighter and, of course, lose some of its texture). Also, not always, is noticeable a kind of yellow and red thin lines along the "objects" shape (mainly on human faces).
At first I thought that was noting about Premiere and all about the conversion from AVI/MPEG to DVD because it's when the problem occurs, but after I had experimented all kind of converting software and the problem happens all times (sometimes more, sometimes less), I become to think the problem may be in Premiere exporting settings.
So, these are my Premiere exporting settings:
Export to AVI: File -> Export -> Movie
Some important settings:
General: File Type: MS DV AVI
Video: Compressor: DV (PAL) - I'm in Portugal (Europe)
Frame rate: 25 fps
Pixel aspect ratio: D1/DV PAL (1.067)
Recompress: Maintain data rate
Keyframe and Rendering: Lower field first
(don't have Deinterlace Video Footage marked)
Audio: Uncompressed, 48.000 Hz, 16-bit, stereo, 1 frame
Export to MPEG: File -> Export -> Adobe Media Encoder
Some important settings:
Preset: Custom (PAL DV 4x3 High Quality 4Mb VBR 2 Pass)
Codec: MainConcept MPEG Video
Quality: 5.0 (high quality)
TV Standard: PAL
Frame Rate [fps]: 25
Field Order: Lower
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Frame Width [pixels]: 720
Frame Heigth [pixels]: 576
Bitrate Encoding: VBR, 2 Pass
Minimum Bitrate [Mbps]: 1.5000 (low quality)
Target Bitrate [Mbps]: 4.0000 (low quality)
Maximum Bitrate [Mbps]: 7.0000 (high quality)
M Frames: 3
N Frames: 12
Audio Format: PCM
Codec: PCM Audio
Sample Size: 16 bit
Frequency: 48 kHz
I also thought the problem could be on the hardware but a few months ago I made an upgrade on my computer and changed CPU, Motherboard, RAM and Graphics card (had an AMD Sempron 2800+, 2 GB DDR and an ATI 9600 Pro 128MB) and the problem still remains...
Actually I think it match all the needs:
CPU: DualCore Intel Core 2 Duo E6300
Motherboard: ASRock 4CoreDual-Sata2 (chipset: VIA Apollo PT880 Pro)
RAM: 2x 1GB DDR2
Graphics card: Asus EAH2600 512MB
Windows XP Pro with SP2
I don't care about time CPU will spend to do the task - before the upgrade it tooks aprox. 5 hours to convert a video and now it tooks only 1h30m :-). What is really important is obtaining the most quality DVD video can be possible. Can you help me?
Perhaps someone already asked for something like my problem. If so, please excuse me and give me the link to that question.
Many thanks to all of you in advance.