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  1. Sorry for the delay. Travel... Unfortunately on the HQ setting I'm still over by 16 min so I had to compress somewhere! I'll try my best to limit those darn DVD's to 60 min next time or just use the Double Density. I believe I used Blue Silver Menu Style, and even though it said "Menu Full" it gave me the opportunity to basically say never-mind and keep adding to it, although with some program instability. I learned to save project after each additional movie added in case it crashed. A defrag helped for a while. Here is my menu structure. I don't have the acutal DVD with me so it's hard to say the order of movies when you hit next. Thanks for the input. I know I'm pushing the envelope with the menu structure but needed (wanted) more than 4 per page.
  2. I created the following sub-menu: All of the titles are separate movie titles so each person can watch only the one they want and in whatever order. Kids these days!? I want to be able to cycle through the menu with the "Next" or right arrow on the remote control of a DVD player and select the next movie. Even though I placed them in order I want them to be played on the screen (even chronologically placed them in the project!) the selected movie jumps around when using the next or right arrow. How is this corrected? Note: When I am playing the video and hit the ">>|" button it takes me out of the movie and back to the menu, which is what I want. But hitting that same button or even the arrow button on the remote seems to randomly pick a movie out of sequence, although it is consistantly selecting the same one. It's consistent, but not the one I want. EVER! I guess I could have put the video as one big movie then allowed for auto Chapter selection. That may have worked, but I've found Roxio so flaky in how it works. I tried to create the DVD 3x and in between each time did nothing other than start over and the third time it mysteriously made it through the process without error. Yes, I tried burning directly to the DVD, created .iso file, and Video_TS folder. Finally what works consistently is to use the full scale version of each Movie in the .dmsm and place the .dmsm files in the Menu, create the Video_TS folder which is much larger than a DVD, then copy DVD using MyDVD and allow the S/W to do the compression to fit to disc. Works like a charm, and hopefully keeps the highest quality of video in tact. If only I had found this out 4 weeks ago!! Project is done and DVD is made, but figured I would ask for future use. Thanks!
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    On it, thanks! Hopefully I'll have better results this weekend and will leave feedback for the next guy who's wasting his time creating bad video.
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    I understand HOW Video works, I just don't understand WHY it has to be degraded every time I create a "new" file of the "old". My camera only captures in 1080p, although it can record at 24Mbps, 17Mbps, 12Mbps, 7 Mbps, or 5Mbps. I record at 12Mbps because it's a happy medium, no other reason. My client only wants SD DVDs to provide their customers, so I have to convert it to SD, which ends up being 720x480 at 9200kbps. This I cannot change in the camera and I see no need to as it produces a very clean SD video, even when maximized to my laptop's 1600x900 resolution and 1080 TV. Of course you will see some degradation from HD->SD and this is not what I'm referring to. I'm asking how to minimize or eliminate compression from this already converted SD .mpg file when it is edited and resaved as a new file in VideoWave. Why can't I have a zero-compression option so the file integrity is maintained? It appears I may need to do all of my editing in HD, then when I am ready to output to a file, then select SD MPEG-2, which will minimize additional compression and affect on video quality.
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    I pulled the SD card out of the camera and plugged it directly into my laptop. Opened the .mvi files in VideoWave and edited them using a new production in 16:9 format, edited them for content, then selected output to MPEG-2 for DVD Best Quality and saved them to my HDD. I got junk. There are no missing seconds. There was no narrowing. I'm open to other suggestions please!? Apparently there is no way to get around compression every time you create a video file. Why can't I edit a perfectly good video and expect the same quality video output? I just want to trim off some seconds and save it but that's not what video editing software does. Apparently you have to create a new file. It's not like any other software: open a Word doc, delete a sentence and change the date, and resave it as the same filename with no degradation of quality, only content. Is that so hard?
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    Thanks for the location notification as I WAS confused for a bit. I think I need to start over because my post obviously has you going down the um... "other" path. So let me retype my post with some important (and missing) details: Captured 1080p video with Canon HF G10 and did internal conversion from HD->SD on SD Card. The (resulting) MVI files look acceptable (after transfer to and being played on my PC) until I bring into Videowave and (edit or) chop the first 5 sec and last few off (because it is a dance recital and you always have to trim a little of the idle time while you're waiting for something to happen and the clapping after each piece) and then output to mpeg-2 for DVD best quality. Side Note: For clarification, the edited video file looks identical to the original... until output to mpeg-2. "MPEG 2 for DVD - best quality" is a selection in Videowave, as I'm sure you're aware. When I started a new production, I selected 16:9 ratio and am using a 16:9 video and the aspect ratio is correct, however... to continue my repost: Now all the sudden (after viewing what file Roxio created): they look compressed (aka higher compression) and loaded with much more visible pixels (or have degraded image clarity while the resolution is still 720x480 and 29.97 fps) the file size is actually LARGER even though the orig data rate was 9000 and the "new and Roxio'd" version is 7000 kbps. Because there's more "info" attached to the file? I guess my question regarding the file size is simply a symptom of what Roxio does to the file when edited and re-created. The bottom line is I want to take the original file and edit it to my liking and have the same quality of image and video when placed on a dvd. However, Roxio mpeg-2's it with additional compression and makes it look crappy. At first glance it's hard to tell between two snapshots of the Pre and Post video file at the exact moment that there's any degradation, however if I look at the dark areas I can see a lot of noise which magically appeared post edit. During playback it's easier to see the great difference in quality as the dancers' faces are blobs on the dvd and all detail is lost. I attempted to upload the pics Pre and Post edit and I couldn't tell ANY difference online. Now do you understand my question better? Thanks for your reply!
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    New to the Roxio Support Group but my 2nd Version of Roxio Pro. Captured 1080p video with Canon HF G10 and did internal conversion from HD->SD on SD Card. The MVI files look acceptable until I bring into Videowave and chop the first 5 sec and last few off and then output to mpeg2 for DVD-best quality. Now all the sudden: they look compressed and loaded with much more visible pixels the file size is actually LARGER even though the orig data rate was 9000 and the "new and Roxio'd" version is 7000 kbps. Because there's more "info" attached to the file? Why can't I maintain the quality of the original file and just "edit" it?