Burning a DVD (Sony Vegas project), help with formatting in DVDArchitect

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by cam35pilot, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. cam35pilot

    cam35pilot Guest

    I had created a short video in Sony Vegas 6, then used the
    accompanying Sony DVD Architect 3 to burn the first DVD I ever
    burned.It was crap. Jittery and some areas of video that were all
    pixelated. I had created a 1440 WMV file that looked great, but when I
    did the DVD on DVD Architect, it was 720 workspace (that was the
    highest option) and the video was all jittery. The final video was
    much less than full-screen (on my 30" HD widescreen TV).

    I had imported the MPEG2 rendered project from Sony Vegas and selected
    "Single movie burn" so no menus or anything. Everything I had done in
    Vegas was with project setting at 1440 NTSC widescreen. I have Nero
    that came with the Sony USB DVD burner that is fresh out of the box,
    should I use that?

    Anyone have any suggestions as to what I did wrong? I took some
    footage off of an MPEG-2 DVD given to me, and some HD captures that I
    shot with my Sony HDFX-1 (so I assume there were different compression
    rates here?), along with some stills I shot (Nikon D300). The stills
    looked great, but the video "hung up" a couple of times. Should I have
    not selected MPEG-2? What kind of files will play in a commercial DVD
    players? I had thought it had to be MPEG-2.

    The WMV file is 30 MB, and the DVD took up like 52MB on the DVD. Do
    those numbers sound right for a decent quality DVD?

    Oh, one more thing. For the Sony Vegas projects when I import my HD
    footage from the FX-1 camera, should I set the project at 1440
    Widescreen, or I think there's one higher, 1900?

    Thanks for your time. Sorry to be a pain. I was pretty competant on
    Premiere 6, but that was 3 years ago before I got the HD camcorder or
    a DVD burner.
    cam35pilot, Mar 12, 2009
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    Mike Kujbida Guest

    You're first mistake was trying to encode to a higher resolution than
    your lowest quality source, in this case MPEG-2 from a DVD.
    Uprezzing video without the proper (usually expensive) tools is never a
    good idea.
    You will always lose quality doing this as MPEG-2 is a delivery medium,
    not an editing medium, sales department claims (eg. miniDVD - yechh!!)
    claims to the contrary.
    What's happening is that you're taking a highly compressed format
    (MPEG-2) and compressing it to MPEG-2 yet again, resulting in even more

    Set your project properties to the lowest common denominator (NTSC 720 x
    480) and match everything else to this.
    When you drop clips from your FX1 on the timeline, open the Pan/Crop
    window on each clip, right-click and select "Match Output Aspect".
    Do the same thing with pictures from your Nikon.

    You said Vegas 6 and DVD Architect 3. I assume these are the Pro
    versions and not the Movie Studio versions.
    When it's time to render from Vegas, you have a lot of choices as far as
    render templates and options are concerned and I can tell you from years
    of experience with Vegas (since version 1.0) that the default templates
    suck :-(
    The main thing is the length of the video.
    Let me know what it is and I'll give you a custom render template that
    should result in a higher quality DVD.

    I recommend downloading the free newsletters at Edward Troxel's site at
    Each one usually runs 8 or so pages (PDF format) and are full of tips
    that you can quickly use.
    I recommend starting with Vol. 1 #7 as it deals with how to encode
    (render) for DVD.
    Some issues may be for older versions of Vegas/DVDA but the principles
    remain the same.

    Lastly, Sony has a 35% off everything sale on right now.
    Details are at http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/promo.asp?keycode=64184
    This applies to upgrades as well so if you're considering going up to
    Vegas 8/DVDA 5, now is a great time to do it.

    Mike Kujbida, Mar 12, 2009
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    cam35pilot Guest

    Wow, thank you so much for the insight. I'm a good learner, but I do a
    lot of different things (good at a lot, master of none I guess), so
    it's hard to keep up. Every 5 minutes there's a new version of
    Photoshop, a new Dreamweaver, etc. I'm trying to get back to Director,
    cause I used to have fun with that when I was in school.

    I was going to ask about upgrading (yes, I do have the Professional
    versions), so thanks for answering that. I'll look into the Vegas 8.

    I'll have to digest what you said further (fighting deep congestion
    that's really run me down), but I think I get it. I do have the
    original files of the MPEG-2 DVD captures (I'm just dealing with a 45
    second clip I created as a learning tool) from the guy's Vid Camera
    Hard Drive that I copied to my USB HD, so I guess I should just go
    back and take those instances (3 or 4) from the Hard drive, as they'd
    be uncompressed like the captures from my FX-2.

    cam35pilot, Mar 13, 2009
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    cam35pilot Guest

    IF I could ask one more silly question; why would DVD architect only
    have a 720 max setting if Vegas has 1440 and 19-something? I'm not
    getting that?
    cam35pilot, Mar 13, 2009
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    Mike Kujbida Guest

    That's what standard DVDs are limited to.
    Cameras have been capable of delivering much more than a DVD can deliver
    for a long time now.
    To go to a higher resolution, you'll need to get into Blu-ray and that's
    a whole 'nother (and very confusing) ball game :)

    Mike Kujbida, Mar 13, 2009
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