You are starting with HD from the JVC, is that correct? Does that camera shoot AVCHD?
Does your Project Preset match the source footage 100%?
You mention DVD. Are you using PrE to down-rez your HD footage to SD for the DVD?
It appears that you are then playing the DVD-Video on the computer, which has a high-rez monitor that is Progressive, where the DVD-Video will be interlaced. Is that where you are judging the quality of the DVD?
Good luck, and please let us know just a bit more about your workflow and the settings,
Are you making a Standard or Blue Ray DVD?
Are you judging it on your PC or on a TV set.
If on your PC what DVD software player do you use to view it with?
If on a TV, what type and brand of TV
I am not really sure the answer to your questions but here is what I did. I uploaded video
to my PC from the video camera and I can view the video in the Adobe Elements however,
after I burn to DVD or view in Premier elements it is grainy and seems to be unstable with
movement. It seems better when I view the video on the DVD on the computer when I make the screen smaller.
The only setting I changed was when it asked while burning the dvd on the quality to fit it to the DVD or better quality and I chose the top quality?
Which model of JVC is this?
As most cameras have several different possible modes, which did you use?
Also, if you did shoot HD (High Definition), and are then down-rezzing to SD (Standard Definition), you will see a pretty major quality loss.
Some cameras allow one to set them to SD Lock, and the camera will down-rez. This is available in many miniDV HD cameras, shooting HDV. I doubt that your JVC is a miniDV HD camera though.
What I meant is are you judging the DVD on your computer or viewing it on a regular DVD player into a TV set?
How does it compare with a commercial DVD?
Standard DVDs will alway look much worse than original HD on a Computer. The only way to match this on a TV set is to use a good Blue Ray player on a Full HD 1900x1800 TV set
"Shakyness" in DVDs can sometines be causes by shooting at a different frame rate to the final DVD. Eg 60p on a PAL25fps country.
Unfortunatley computers generally run at at least 60 frames in PAL countries as well so this shakyness is not seen on the computer.
ok I played with it some more and figured out that its the screen size. If I make
the screen bigger on the PC it is more grainy . But if I make the screen size little the quality is good. I am using a standard DVD and was viewing on my PC also when I put the DVD in the DVD player the quality is horrible. The model on my camera is JVC Everio HDD microSD. Our TV is a Sony Triton probably about 15 years old and the DVD player is a cheap memorex. The PC I have is brand new Dell with I7 processor. The video quality on my camera was set at ultra fine but there is a fine option and normal - do you think that is the HD and SD options?