All DVDs are standard definition -- 720x480 pixels NTSC -- no matter what the resolution of your original footage or how large the TV you show them on.
It's just the nature of DVDs. (BluRay discs play at 1920x1080 pixels)
Although many DVD players and big-screen TVs have up-step features for making them look like they're higher resolution.
Thanks! I guess I'll buy a blu-ray burner for my PC and a blu-ray player for my TV to achieve all the quality the camera produces.
Adobe should explain it so simply and clearly in their "Using Adobe Premierre Elements 9 Disc burning guidelines and compatiblity" help page!
The link in this ARTICLE will tell you everything that you could possibly want to know about DVD and BD. The site is excerpted from Jim Taylor's 1000+ page book, DVD Demystified.
As you will see, there is a great deal to know about DVD and BD.
Thanks for all the information and great links. This section of the DVD FAQ link provides especially clear answers about DVD resolutions. What it all comes down to for me is that for DVD videos, it appears that there's no reason to set up my cameras at any resolution higher than 720p.
If one will never wish to do BD, or another HD output, then shooting HD is not going to do anything, except create more work.
Some cameras allow the user to shoot HD, but then let the camera down-rez to SD. Most of those cameras are HDV, shooting miniDV tapes. With them, one can shoot HD (for later), but then set the camera to down-rez and Capture the material as SD.
If one shoots HD, and that is all they have, then they are faced with down-rezzing from HD to SD, and that can yield less than stellar results, as Scaling in PrE, or even PrPro before CS5, is not that good.
Thanks for confiming my thoughts, Bill.
I only shoot DSLR video, and the options for video resolutions jump from HD (1080p or 720p) down to 640x480 or smaller, with nothing in between.
So for the best DVD quality with minimum downsizing consequences, 720p (1280x720) is going to be my best / most efficient choice.