I have seen ALOT of people with this problem so this is what i usuall tell them (hope its helpful, if you case varies tell me and i will work around it):
I'm almost certain all your problems are related by the software you are using. Windows Movie maker.
For video (windows) editing I suggest anything but that program! Try these (Iím sure you can get demo versions of them if you donít want to buy them just yet):
1. Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5 ($1000), Adobe Premiere 6 LE ($100.00 - ebay, or search Google Australia) http://www.adobe.com
this is the best one on PC that I use most of the time.
2. Video studio 8 ($200). http://www.asiapac.ulead.com
3. Pinnacle studio 9 ($200) http://www.pinnaclesys.com
And if you have a Mac my favourite is:
1. Final Cut Pro HD (or the newest version). google it.(this was said to an australian, if you are an american you use "NTSC")
I noticed you said you captured in NTSC and made comment that the final quality of the DVD was real bad.
PAL (Australiaís TV standard) works on 50hz and NTSC (America TV standard) works on 60hz, PAL uses 50 fields per second and NTSC uses 60 fields per second. They are completely incompatible (well you can convert between them...). PAL also has a resolution of 720*576 and NTSC has something smaller like 640*478?. So naturally NTSC will have less quality. And when you convert between the two your only going to get more problems.
So I will suggest re capturing in PAL (or NTSC if american)
. If you have a NTSC video recorder (and you live in Australia) i suggest selling that and buying a PAL one. (or visaversa)
Also keep the screen resolution of the video at 720*576PAL (different for NTSC)
at all times, donít compress anything using these programs.
After you have captured it to a program and edited it. Export it as and uncompressed file - .avi
After that you need a program to author, capture and burn the dvd. I suggest:
1. Ulead DVD MovieFactory Disc Creator 2, 3 or 4. ($200). - go to http://www.download.com
for the demo.
2. there are heaps more, best to start with 1 though.
So you open up that program. Select create a DVD (not VCD) then import the video file, then edit the menu, then press next next next and burn it!. Hopefully that works. If not..... get back to me....
Basicaly stick clear of nero...., DVD MovieFactory does excelent compresion, authoring and burning in 1! where ou have to get an external compressor (usallly poor quality) for nero, then you cant even make menus!
Edited by st22, 20 September 2005 - 04:50 PM.