AVCHD to DVD Workflow?

MikeLV wrote on 8/9/2016, 3:45 PM
I need to produce a DVD-9 (4 hours) and my source footage is AVCHD 1920x1080i (upper field first) 29.97fps Anything special I need to know about converting the video to MPEG2 or should I just use one of the render templates?

What is the difference between using "Program Stream NTSC Widescreen" and "DVD Architect NTSC Widescreen video stream" Is it just that the Program Stream includes audio and the other one doesn't?

Or should I use a different program altogether for encoding the MPEG2?

Thank you


Former user wrote on 8/9/2016, 3:47 PM
Template works fine for me. I use the DVD architect one and render the audio as a separate file.
rraud wrote on 8/9/2016, 5:13 PM
DL DVDs, (DVD-9) are problematic (been there done that), from the discs themselves, i.e., coasters (even with high quality Verbatim discs) to some end users not being able to play them.
If it's for personal use, it may work ok, but I wouldn't archive anything on them.
MikeLV wrote on 8/9/2016, 5:16 PM
No, it will be replicated, and for commercial sale. But I disagree, very rarely do I get reports of a bad disc, whether replicated or burned.
musicvid10 wrote on 8/9/2016, 5:56 PM
Heed rraud's advice. Burned DVD-DL is not a good distribution media.

MikeLV wrote on 8/9/2016, 6:00 PM
My question wasn't about the reliability of burned DL DVDs. It was about the workflow from raw AVCHD footage to DVD compliant MPEG2. I made lots of 4:3 DVDs in the past, but I've never made a widescreen style where the footage is 16:9.
musicvid10 wrote on 8/9/2016, 6:12 PM
There is a monster thread by Nick Hope on this: just depends on how involved you want to get with the down conversion.
MikeLV wrote on 8/9/2016, 6:57 PM
Do you know what the subject of that thread was so I can search it? Not too involved, but if there's something that might take me 30 mins or so to read or set up to get a better quality DVD, then I'm all for it.
riredale wrote on 8/10/2016, 11:54 AM
I suspect burned DL issues could have something to do with the burner. I've made hundreds with my NEC burners, never an issue. Verbatim media.
Arthur.S wrote on 8/10/2016, 3:59 PM
I think DL DVD is one of those "once burnt twice shy" things. I had a horrific experience many years a go with Sony tapes, and never used them again. I had a similar bad experience with Taiyo Yuden discs - which most people here would say are the best ever disc media - and never used them again. Since sorting out a workflow, I have had nothing but good experience with DL. This is the 21st century folks. Burners and media have moved on!