Welcome to the forum.
Unfortunately, you are down-rezzing from HD to SD, which is 1/4 of the resolution, as your original Source Files. An SD DVD will never be as good, as you HD material.
Is there a reason that you are not doing a BD? That is HD, and will be very close to the Source Footage.
Thanks for your reply, Bill.
I assume by BD, you mean, Blu- Ray Disc? The reason I am not outputting on BD is because I want other people who don't have a Blu-ray disc player to be able to watch the project too without it being distorted. I guess this just isn't an option?
So, are you saying:
1) that any footage that comes off of my HD camera must go onto a blu-ray disc or be played thru a blu-ray player in order to acheive the highest quality?
Will this footage be able to be put on the web (like You Tube or a website) withought being distorted?
2) Should I keep my HD video projects and photo album projects separate? Since they have 2 different resolutions they won't play nicely together on video?
Is there a way to combine both HD video with photos or should I stick with standard def video when I'm working with both photos and video in a project?
3) In a project where I'm using photos only (video photo album) down-rezzing to 1000x750 (72dpi) looks ok on DVD. Is this just because it's basically in standard def format?
You are correct, BD = Blu-ray Disc.
As DVD is SD (Standard Definition), i.e. 720 x 480 for NTSC, and may be Standard 4:3, or Widescreen 16:9, you are limited in the quality, that is possible. If you start with HD material, you will have to down-rez to SD, basically loosing 3/4 of the resolution. There is no way around that. For pretty much the full DVD specs., see the links in this ARTICLE.
Now, one CAN burn ~ 20 mins. of HD material, in full HD, to a DVD disc, but then the viewer needs a BD player, to use it.
Those are pretty much the only options.
I guess I'm just hoping for the best of both worlds when it just doesn't exist.
I'll keep my photo and HD video projects separate unless I know they are going to be played on a blu-ray player.
I'll keep my photos to standard dvd presets and output onto DVD to play on a standard dvd or HD player.
About the best that one can get with SD DVD's, is to play them on an up-rezzing DVD, or BD player, hooked to an HD TV with an HDMI cable. Those players have dedicated up-rezzing chips, and they do a wonderful job. It's still not going to be as good as a BD Project, using HD material, and then authored to a BD, but dang, those up-rezzing chips make a lowly SD DVD look amazingly good - you will never see SD DVD's look any better.