5 Replies Latest reply on Jun 13, 2011 5:05 PM by Bob Dix Photographer

    Suggestions on making a DVD from AVCHD?

    Ted Smith Level 3

      What would be the best way to get the best quality DVD from original Sony 1900x1080i AVCHD - M2ts files?


      Is it better to:-

      Convert (or import) the initial files to AVI with another program and make the project with the AVI files in PE9 and share to DVD using PE9 (what other program?)



      Edit the original AVCHD files PE9  then

               Share to DVD from the edited AVCHD using only PE9


               Share to a HD format file and use another program to reduce and burn the DVD (what other format and program)


               Share to some other format file and burn the DVD with another program (what other format and program?)


               Share to SD and use another program to burn the DVD (what other program?)


      or some other better alternative?


      I would be interested in hearing others experiences or nasties they might have encountered doing this.


      I supppose it gets down to what does the best job of downsizing the original HD.


      Some (but not all) of the copies of the DVD may be played on good quality Blue Ray players that upscale to full HD so I want the best possible DVD.


      Also it's my grandaughters wedding so I HAVE to make it good! It is likely to be played many years in the future on probably super players on wall sized screens when unfortunately I won't be around to see them!.


      In case you think I'm mad, I will also be making Blue Ray copies as well so I will have to use a second option anyway but I would be prepared to make the project again in low def if this would be better.

        • 1. Re: Suggestions on making a DVD from AVCHD?
          Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional

          Although technically the program should be able to go directly from AVCHD to DVD, here's the best way to ensure a problem-free production.


          1) Make sure your project is properly set up for AVCHD. Add your camcorder's footage and edit your movie. (Note that you will need a good quad core or i7 processor to work with AVCHD efficiently.)

          2) Go to Share/Computer/AVI to output your movie as a DV-AVI.

          3) Open a new project with standard DV settings. Add the DV-AVI and place it on your timeline.

          4) Add your scenes and menus and Share/To Disc to create your DVD. (I always choose the option to Burn the DVD files to disc and then use a program like ImageBrn to burn this VIDEO_TS folder to a DVD -- another way to avoid a potential trouble spot.)

          • 2. Re: Suggestions on making a DVD from AVCHD?
            the_wine_snob Level 9

            I like Steve's method, as it keeps the workflow in PrE, from start to finish.


            Jeff Bellune, noted author (not as prolific as our Steve though), and PrPro Forum MOD, has a TUTORIAL in HD to SD, that offers another workflow, with very high quality. That might be worth a look.


            Good luck,



            • 3. Re: Suggestions on making a DVD from AVCHD?
              Ted Smith Level 3

              I am not worried about speed or ease of editing or work flow but rather ending up with the  highest picture quality DVD with minimum artifacts and compression.


              Are you sayng I will get better video quality using PE9 to pre-convert the HD to SD before editing, then burning the DVD from that as opposed to making the edit in original AVCHD and converting the final edited HD to SD and then burning the DVD?


              I also wondered if another program that specialised in converting would be better to use rather than using PE9 which is primarily an editing program.


              As an example PE9 does a bad job of resizing any AVCHD. Just a slight increase in size noticably degrades the resolution.

              • 4. Re: Suggestions on making a DVD from AVCHD?
                Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional

                Premiere Elements does an excellent job of downconverting from AVCHD,if your original project is set up to match the video specs of your original AVCHD.


                The resolution will be much lower, of course, since you're going from hi-def to standard definition video. But, if done as described above, you should get excellent quality.

                • 5. Re: Suggestions on making a DVD from AVCHD?
                  Bob Dix Photographer Level 2

                  I have just completed 9 Blu-ray Discs from Premiere Elements 4 using the mt2 files from Premiere Pro , just click on>Share>Blu-Ray Disc> either H.264 or HDV mpeg-2> fit to disc as recommended by Adobe(see manual) to retain quality.The results on a Sony Bravia 1920 x 1080 x 46" were impressive.