There are a number of reasons you may be having issues, Michael.
1)Your camcorder is a professional HDV camcorder which may not be fully compatible with Premiere Elements. Were you able to use Premiere Elements to capture the video over a FireWire connection?
2) When you started your Premiere Elements project, did you select the project preset for HDV video? This is vital to a quality, successful project. If your project is properly set up, when you add clips to your timeline, there will NOT be a red line above the clips until you add effects to them. Is this the case in your project?
3) A DVD is, by definition, standard definition video, which uses less than one-fourth the number of pixels as HDV. So a DVD is never going to look as clean or as detailed as hi-def video.
4) A dual-layer DVD has a capacity of about 140 minutes at full quality. You are trying to fit over 200 minutes of video onto the disc, which means that the program must greatly reduce the quality level to fit your entire movie on an overloaded disc.
Welcome to the forum.
Can you please give us all of steps from editing to authoring. Settings can be very important.
Thanks for the reply. The video is captured in hd through a firewire connection. I have matching setting on camera and in project. The quality is perfect when outputted to Blu ray. The project was set to HDV. I know the dvd is less quality then the blu ray but the quality is poor for dvd. I created a 10 clip for loading to up utube . The footage is in hd and I outputted it to PAL DVD widescreen. The mpeg was of a vintage car rally. The problem was that the as the cars leave the screen they jump started to jump. While the cars are still picture is fine. When I look capture file it is perfect.
It still could the issue I indicated:You are trying to squeeze too much video onto a DVD disc. The program must reduce the quality in order to squeeze it all onto the disc.
Though I"m not clear what you mean when you say "as the cars leave the screen they jump started to jump." This could also be the result of sqeezing too much video on the disc.
Although, how are you playing this DVD and judging the quality? On a computer? On a standalone DVD player played through a TV?
I take your point in board and am going to spilt the project in 2 (part 1 & 2). I will create dvd tonight and check quality. I am checking the quaity on my pc. I am using my pc (Nvidia Geforce GTS 240) and DEll 22" full hd screen. The other issue regarding creating the file of the vintage cars for upload to utube is when the cars are moving on the screen they look like they are shaking. In then distance they look ok but as they get near and pass by screen this happens. Under the advanced option I have increased the qulity to max. This has improved the output a little.
Remember, SD DVD played on a high-rez computer monitor is not the best judge of the actual quality of the material on disc.
At least with an HD TV and a newer BD player, there are usually chips that to an amazing job of up-rezzing that SD material for display on an HD.
The shaking issue is usually an indicator of a mismatch between project settings and source video.
Are you sure that, when you added your video clips to your project, there was not a red line above the clips?
I also recommend against judging the quality of a DVD by watching it on your computers. For one thing, computer screens are often much higher in resolution than TVs, so they can emphasize resolution issues. For another, DVD video is interlaced but computer video is not, and this can make your DVD's video exhibit a "comb" effect.
Try the DVD on a DVD player and play it on a TV. The results should look much better.
I re-created the project just under the 2 hour mark. The quality was very good. The 10 minute clip I recreated I will put on utube to see. I think it will be o.k.
thanks for help.