How come the video quality of the DVDs I make is not as good as the video quality from the camera itself?

by on February 1, 2010

Q: I use a Canon VIXIA HF 100 camera. I upload the .mts files to Adobe Premiere Elements 7. I edit and then burn to a standard DVD disc. The quality of the video is not good. It is blury. It is not a camera problem. When I input the video directly from the camera to a HDTV, the quality is excellent.

I have tried all the recording formats on the camera to no avail. I provide the recorded DVD to our church library for members to borrow and play on their DVD players. Either I don’t have the right combination of settings between the camera and the software or it is not possible to achieve good results using DVD.

If I used a bluray burner and the appropriate media can I expect better results? And then is it possible to copy a bluray disc onto a standard DVD without losing too much quality. Or am I up a creek?


3 Responses to “How come the video quality of the DVDs I make is not as good as the video quality from the camera itself?”
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    The issue is with the extra encoding steps that you’re running into. Here are some tips and ideas from other premiere users with similar issues: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/556987?tstart=0

     
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    If I import the files from my camera into Adobe as an .mts file. edit it and burn as an AVI file where does the extra encoding come in? Motion is not an issue because the subject is quite stationary when taping. I pick up text form a large screen behind the speaker and I can hardly read the text in the finished DVD.

     
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    The conversion of the .mts file to .avi