Note - my workflow is MY personal preference
I edit AVCHD from a Canon Vixia and export to Widescreen DV AVI out of Premiere Pro CS5
I then author in Encore, and have Encore use automatic encoding when creating the DVD so the encoding is the "best" match of project and disc size (actually, an ISO and then Imgburn to write to disc)
The DVD I produce is MUCH better than when I used to have an SD only workflow with my previous tape camera
I think you need to post more information (including screen shots of your settings) for anyone to help
Don't compare Hollywood DVD's with homemade DVD's. You could not afford their encoders .
The best way is to edit in HD then export to mpeg2-dvd in Premiere. (exporting to dv-avi is an unnecessary step in compression, its not lossless)
Choose one of the presets for dvd. They do a good job.
Make sure you have Use Max Render Quality in the Export Settings on.
Do not use Match sequence settings, use Preview Files or Frame Blending.
Import into Encore, make menu and burn (or make image and burn with 3rd party software)
When watching a DVD on a HD tv you need a dvd player with upscaler or a BD player.
Thank you all so much. The video that showed how to export the footage with the proper setting was very educational.
The problem is, I'm still at square one. I've tried two things, with no increase in quality.
Here are the details: My originals were shot at 1440x1080, at a framerate of 60i.
I didn't realize 60i was only for high motion, otherwise I would have at least done 60p....
Anyway, I followed the man's instructions for exporting 1080 60i footage, and did the following:
Preset: NTSC Widescreen High Quality
Field Order = Upper
VBR - 2 Pass
Use Maximum Render Quality
Bitrate: Min-2.8mbs, target-7mbs, max-8mbs
GOP Settings: M frames=3, N frames=15
On an old TV, the DVD doesn't look terrible. And when the window on my computer is at 720x480, it looks "okay". But when I "maximize" the window, it looks very bad. The eyes and face are completely pixelated. I understand I'm more than doubling the size of the video when I maximize on a 1080p monitor, but EVERY other DVD I have ever boght- even janky, no-name 4x4 DVDs filmed with huge shoulder cameras from the 90s, look pretty darn good when "maximized".
Perhaps I'm expecting too much, but I filmed with very high quality, I have a very nice computer, and Adobe has given me the best software. I believe I'm truly in a position to deliver a "market ready" product.
The DVD is only 30 minutes long, so "room" is not a problem. I'm already selling about $400 worth of these DVDs per day, and am about to place a big order with a fulfillment center for $12,000 worth.
Before I do that, I MUST improve the quality... I know a lot of my customers are watching this on their computers, and not on their DVD players with standard def TVs.
Here's a screen shot of the DVD at 720x480 size: http://screencast.com/t/7a91ujCLHkT
Here's the garbage I'm getting when maximized: http://screencast.com/t/XjqyD3cf04UV
I really hope one of you gurus can help me.
Thank you SO MUCH.
Also- here is what it looks like on the "output" tab of the export screen.
It looks almost perfect there!! Why is the quality dropping so severely after this? Any ideas?
You can also see my settings there...
Thank you again!
Oops- one more thing. My original files aren't 1440x1080i, it's 1920x1080i.
When one compares HD material, with SD (the material in a DVD-Video), they must remember that they are now looking at 1/4 of the resolution.
I will say that an up-rezzing DVD, or BD player, will make the DVD-Video look better, but it is still NOT HD, so comparisons are not valid.
In other words, "You'll shoot your eye out, kid!".
Sorry Mr. Hunt... I'm in a bad mood, because I feel wholly lost and alone with this video editing business. It looks .....so bad..... I even cranked the bit-rate way up beyond what any DVD player can handle. It just looks like garbage.
Thanks guys... back to adjusting settings in Premeiere export and exporting a 20 second clip to see if it's any better....
In other words, "You'll shoot your eye out, kid!".
Well, sort of, as poor Ralphie found out. When one down-rezzes HD to SD, there are compromises to be taken into account.
For max quality, the answer is to author a BD, and not author an SD DVD-Video, but then the entire delivery list, must have BD players, and while common, they are not everywhere.
When down-rezzing, much will depend on the Encoding of the HD material to SD, and for that, many here depend on Jeff Bellune's TUTORIAL. Next, one should look into the blank media used, and also the burn speed. Though those aspects affect, or at least manifest themselves, more in playability, perceived quality can be part of that equation.
Lot of things to consider, if one is starting with HD, but then delivering SD on DVD-Video.
Good luck, and do NOT put your tongue on a frozen flagpole - just ask Flick.
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I'm not saying this will solve your issues, Bill has explained that going down to 1/4 resolution is very noticeable, but there are two workflows very popular:
- Let Encore do the encoding by using the File / Adobe Dynamic Link / Send to Encore, or
- Use DVD-HQ Bitrate & GOP calculator to get the best encoding settings. This is my preferred method.
Both methods still require the best media available, like Verbatim, Taiyo-Yuden or Falcon-Pro.
Thank you both so much. I have read so many of your posts spanning many years. I have so much to learn, but I am eager and willing.
Thank you both VERY much.
Mr. Hunt, the tutorial opens a HUGE can of worms. Thank God I have 700MB of HD space. This is going to be a big learning adventure.
Diving in.... I'll kee you posted!
Thank you both so much... it feels great to at least not be alone.
The last 24 hours have been insane for me. I've done so much trial and error work, but I owe YOU, and that Jeff Bellune guy a HUGE, HUGE 'thank you'.
I don't know what I would have done without his "open source toolkit" and "hd to sd" tutorials. God bless you guys.
My project is still not quite where I want it, but I'm telling you now Bill- it's a hundred times better than it was.
Thank you guys SO MUCH. I will probably be back, but I owe you guys a huge, huge debt of gratitude.
That is good news, and glad to have helped a bit.I think that Jeff Bellune deserves far more credit.