Newbie question: Why does my DVD look so bad ?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Rich Voss, Jan 8, 2004.

  1. Rich Voss

    Rich Voss Guest

    Hi,
    I am very new to this and did try investigating this myself first.
    It's difficult when i am still unfamiliar with a lot of the
    terminology.

    So....I bought a new HP with a DVD burner. The software that came with
    it is ArcSoft Showbiz2. My camera is a new Canon ZR70. I am capturing
    fine and have been able to put together some clips. When I play back
    on the computer it's fine. When I put it in my DVD player on TV it is
    fuzzy and very "Pixely". I have set the bit rate at 7 (the highest the
    software allows). The other setting I can change is the aspect ratio.
    Does changing this affect the resolution or quality of the DVD? The
    writer format is DVD+R. Is it my DVD player? It is fairly new
    (~1year).

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks in advance,
    Rich
     
    Rich Voss, Jan 8, 2004
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  2. Rich Voss

    Will Dormann Guest

    7 What?

    How many minutes do you have on one disc?


    -WD
     
    Will Dormann, Jan 8, 2004
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  3. Rich Voss

    K2 Guest

    My first guess is that the compression may have been the highest level
    (i.e. maximum compression, worst quality) and you may have confused it
    with "high" quality. I assume you've read the software docs about what
    all the settings mean?

    That type of confusion also happens with JPEG file-saves. Some
    programs use low numbers to represent low compression and vice versa.

    K2


    Why does my heart feel so bad?
    Why does my soul feel so bad?
    Why does my heart feel so bad?
    Why does my DVD look so bad?

    (Moby lyrics)
     
    K2, Jan 9, 2004
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  4. Rich Voss

    Rich Voss Guest

    The software allows a bit rate of 2,3,4,5,6,or 7 .

    The software allows a bit rate of 2,3,4,5,6,or 7 . The file I am
    recording to DVD is only 3 minutes long. I am using a small file to
    figure this out before I try something larger.

    Rich
     
    Rich Voss, Jan 9, 2004
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  5. Rich Voss

    Rich Voss Guest

    Thats part of the problem. The help menu and the manual are no help at
    all. I have pretty much been doing this by trial and error as the
    documents don't even tell me what a lot of the settings mean. I don't
    even see anything about compression. I have been saving my movie to
    the hard drive as an .avi file. From what I have been reading maybe it
    should be an .mpeg2 file? How do I set compression?

    Thanks again,
    Rich
     
    Rich Voss, Jan 9, 2004
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  6. Rich Voss

    K2 Guest

    ARCSOFT ShowBiz gets mixed reviews at Amazon. It looks like a
    stripped-down program.

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0000CDHOW/102-7313550-6839327?v=glance

    If you tried to force a dual-layer DVD to fit on a single layer disc
    there would undoubtedly be artifacts. It's hard to make exact DVD
    clones without special equipment, or short movies that don't need to
    be further compressed. You may want to try another program, too.

    K2
     
    K2, Jan 10, 2004
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  7. Rich Voss

    Rick Guest

    So....I bought a new HP with a DVD burner. The software that came with
    Sounds to me like you have your resolution set wrong. DVD should be
    720x480. I assume that Showbiz2 takes your avi files and converts
    them to mpg so you can then burn the mpg to DVD using an authoring
    program. When the file is converted, make sure the resolution (i.e.,
    picture size) is set to 720x480. If it is set to 360x240, then when
    you play it back on a DVD player, it will look fuzzy and pixelated.
     
    Rick, Jan 12, 2004
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  8. Rich Voss

    Rich Voss Guest

    Thanks Rick! You found the problem. That worked. The software has a
    setting for this but doesn't tell you what it is or what it's for. It
    was set as a default at 360x240.

    Rich
     
    Rich Voss, Jan 12, 2004
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  9. It maybe that you have interlacing problem. Wrong field order? What
    source do you capture from?

    --Leonid
     
    Leonid Makarovsky, Jan 12, 2004
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