I have spent an hr looking through all the posting to see if my question has been answered before, so I don't bore you all...I couldn't find an answer exactly so here goes and sincere apologies if it has.
I have been using moviemaker to edit all our school productions. I have a Canon 750i digital camcorder ( 3 yrs old), I use a firwire cable to transfer the footage to my pc. I then use Movie Maker to edit the footage. I save it as a DV-AVI file. I then use MY DVD Deluxe 6 to import the file, make the menu etc and write to disk. For some strange reason the last 2 DVD's created are not as good quality as they used to be and it's even more noticible as I always add a photo gallery at the end, showing the children getting ready etc - the quality of the photo's are far superior.
When I first viewed it, I thought it may have been my TV as we've just bought a flat screen 37" but a parent has just commented on the poor quality too.
I have also created a dvd from my own camcorder, again a canon but 550i and the same quality problems again.
I must be doing something wrong, the only thing I can think of dirty heads ( if this can happen even ?) but on both camcorders, would that not be more than a coincidence? I also re-use tapes approx 5 times...could that be a problem? The school is on a tight budget.
I told school that we needed to buy some decent software as I think I now need to move on from Movie Maker, so I 've bought an education copy of Adobe Premiere Elements 4 - I've just had a quick look at it but I think it will take sometime to adjust to it and learn how to do it.
I know, I am quite a novice but I love creating DVD's and would like to progress further. I'm hoping that some-one may kindly offer me some useful advice to a beginner and where I'm going wrong?