>setting I've missed
A dvd is SD, so HDV must be scaled down, a lot, to make a dvd
No matter your source, SD is SD and there is only so much you may expect from a down scaled project
I use to have a Sony 2100, but my DVD's from my Canon A1 are much better then the DVD's made of footage of the 2100.
Did you set Encore to auto or did you tweek the settings and turned om Max Render Quality?
Thank you both for the responses. I certainly take your point, John, thanks, but no, Ann, I didn't tweak. With the myriad possibilities and the learning curve I haven't yet gone through to understand them all, I tend to let Encore make the decisions for me. Would you be able to recommend any settings?
I also work with HDV material shot with a Canon XH A1. Blue ray disks made from this material are outstanding. However, occasionally, I need to make DVD of the same material. I use a HDV to SD workflow suggested by one of the community professionals (not the detailed avisynth approach). The playback isn't bad, but it certainly isn't as good as the HDV video. I also see this when I plug in the component outputs of the XH AI into my HDTV--a wonderful picture, perhaps even better than the BD-R
Export from Premiere to mpeg2-dvd
Preset Ntsc/Pal widescreen hight quality
Quality set to 5
VBR2 target 8 and max at 9
Use Max Render Quality checked
Audio; Dolby 224.
Import the two files into Encore.
Make menu and burn
Have I done something wrong?
I'd say no. My own HD footage on DVD looks no better (and perhaps a tad worse due to the scaling) than my SD originals on DVDs (using the excellent Panasonic DVX100).
Cheers Ann. I made a new disc to your specs and it was indeed slightly better. Only very slightly, but hey, every little helps, so many thanks.
Jim makes a very interesting point. For this particular project I had hired an HD camera to get improved quality, but perhaps next time I might do just as well sticking with my faithful old SD Cannons!