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MyDVD Output Quality


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Recently, I created a DVD in MyDVD that included 4 videos created in Video Wave. Each video contains approximately 150 photos. I used only the "dissolves" transition and the "Pan and Zoom" effect. Pan and Zoom was used on maybe a dozen or more photos in each video. When reviewing the completed DVD on my TV, I decided that a couple of photos needed to be deleted and there were a few that I wanted to add the Pan and Zoom effect to. I edited each video in Video Wave, saved them using a different name than the original videos, and rerendered them. Then, I created a new DVD in MyDVD. This time, all of the photos contained in each video were out of focus (more so on those with the Pan and Zoom effect). What could have happened to degrade the quality of my videos? What can I do to correct this?

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From what you are saying, it looks like you did a duplicate render of most of the production. If you want to edit a slide show, just edit the project, not the rendered video. If this an issue of semantics and really mean that you edited the project and not the video, make sure that when you go to create the iso file that you have changed the default to "best quality" rather than fit to disc.

 

Recently, I created a DVD in MyDVD that included 4 videos created in Video Wave. Each video contains approximately 150 photos. I used only the "dissolves" transition and the "Pan and Zoom" effect. Pan and Zoom was used on maybe a dozen or more photos in each video. When reviewing the completed DVD on my TV, I decided that a couple of photos needed to be deleted and there were a few that I wanted to add the Pan and Zoom effect to. I edited each video in Video Wave, saved them using a different name than the original videos, and rerendered them. Then, I created a new DVD in MyDVD. This time, all of the photos contained in each video were out of focus (more so on those with the Pan and Zoom effect). What could have happened to degrade the quality of my videos? What can I do to correct this?
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From what you are saying, it looks like you did a duplicate render of most of the production. If you want to edit a slide show, just edit the project, not the rendered video. If this an issue of semantics and really mean that you edited the project and not the video, make sure that when you go to create the iso file that you have changed the default to "best quality" rather than fit to disc.

 

Thanks for your reply. I think you're on to something. I may have re-rendered the productions. Let's deal with the semantics... When I open VideoWave, I get a pop-up window asking if I want to open an existing program. All of the files listed in this window are dmsm files. Are these the productions that have already been rendered? When I look for files with MS Explorer, I find three versions of each production. Checking the "properties" of each, I find: 1) a DAT file that opens with "unknown application"; 2) a Roxio Media Production that opens with VideoWave 8; and 3) a WAV file that opens with Windows Media Player. None of these is called an "iso" file or "dmsm" file. What is an iso file and how and when is it created? Which one of my files is "the project", as you referred to it? Are you saying that I can simply edit a "production" (i.e. a rendered slideshow) and those edits will automatically show up in my DVD project, even if I don't re-render? Thanks, in advance, for coaching me through these semantics.

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If you open VideoWave and you select DMSM files, these are the unrendered production files. It asks if you want to open the production, not the program.

 

The DAT file (if it is the one I'm thinking about) are the instructions or roadmap for the program. It tells the program what to include or exclude, the timing, the transitions, etc. Essentially everything the program needs to know to open the production.

 

A wav file is an audio file. The most used video files are mpg 1 or 2, avi, or mov but there are others.

 

As for the iso file. Once you have saved all your productions in Video Wave, close it and open MyDVD. Click on file/New Project and select DVD. When that dialog closes, go to file, project settings and make sure you have selected PAL, and unselected fit to disc and selected best and the 720 by 480 settings with the bit rate at 9. (At this time you can also select to archive your photos). Close that dialog box and choose your menu. Add the dmsm files to the menu. This is the time to change background music etc. Once you have done that, go to burn. Uncheck burn to disc and select save disc image file. Select the name and location you want to save the image (ISO) file. The project will render but will not burn to the disc. Once that completes, make sure you save the project (dmsd file). Close MyDVD and navigate to the iso file. When you select it, disc copier will open. Copy that iso file to the disc.

 

Now if you want to go back and edit one of the production files (dmsm), you can edit it, save it and then open MyDVD. Open that project and (for safety sake) delete the button for that edited production and then repeat the creation of the iso file.

 

If you are absolutely sure that you will never go back to edit the production, you can render it in VideoWave to mpg for DVD what ever the highest quality is named. This will create the mpg2 file that can be added to the menu in MyDVD and it will not be re rendered.

 

Thanks for your reply. I think you're on to something. I may have re-rendered the productions. Let's deal with the semantics... When I open VideoWave, I get a pop-up window asking if I want to open an existing program. All of the files listed in this window are dmsm files. Are these the productions that have already been rendered? When I look for files with MS Explorer, I find three versions of each production. Checking the "properties" of each, I find: 1) a DAT file that opens with "unknown application"; 2) a Roxio Media Production that opens with VideoWave 8; and 3) a WAV file that opens with Windows Media Player. None of these is called an "iso" file or "dmsm" file. What is an iso file and how and when is it created? Which one of my files is "the project", as you referred to it? Are you saying that I can simply edit a "production" (i.e. a rendered slideshow) and those edits will automatically show up in my DVD project, even if I don't re-render? Thanks, in advance, for coaching me through these semantics.
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Thank you for taking the time to help me with this. It is greatly appreciated.

 

I applied your suggestions, as I understood them. This is what transpired:

 

I opened MyDVD, clicked "New Production" and clicked on DVD. Then I added the four DMSM video files, changed the background, and changed the audio. I previewed the DVD production and everything worked and looked great. I clicked burn, unchecked the "Burn To Disk" box and checked the "ISO Image file" box and and after naming the ISO Image file, saved it in My Videos, then clicked "Burn." The production was going through the rendering process, but when it got to "Encoding Menu," I received the following message: 80040273 Error While Encoding Menu.

 

What did I do wrong? And if the problem isn't something I did, can you tell me what the problem might be?

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Error may not be something you did. This is a different number. but the description is the same. It might help.

Thank you for taking the time to help me with this. It is greatly appreciated.

 

I applied your suggestions, as I understood them. This is what transpired:

 

I opened MyDVD, clicked "New Production" and clicked on DVD. Then I added the four DMSM video files, changed the background, and changed the audio. I previewed the DVD production and everything worked and looked great. I clicked burn, unchecked the "Burn To Disk" box and checked the "ISO Image file" box and and after naming the ISO Image file, saved it in My Videos, then clicked "Burn." The production was going through the rendering process, but when it got to "Encoding Menu," I received the following message: 80040273 Error While Encoding Menu.

 

What did I do wrong? And if the problem isn't something I did, can you tell me what the problem might be?

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