I've tried burning a .m2ts (closest thing I can get as an Vegas output from .MTS) to DVD-5 using DVD Architect Pro5. I've also tried a .mpg (MPEG-II) and either way DVD Architect has to render it, can't I produce a file type directly out of Vegas that I can burn to a DVD with a file structure and it will be playable? (MPEG-II) I hate having to render it just to put on a disk. I realize only BluRay will hold a .m2ts but even the .mpg was re-rendered.
I've been trying it on different DVD players and TVs. I set the project to 16:9 because my original .MTS files are 1920x1080, also the .m2ts file Vegas rendered that I sent to DVD Architect was 1920x1080 and then Architect downed it to 720x480. However the .mpg that I sent was rendered in Vegas as 720x480 and Architect still rerendered it.
It looks good on my 32" 4:3 tube tv letter boxed. It looks terrible on my 19" 4:3 LCD tv letter boxed, the detail is all gone and terrible color. Even the 13" 4:3 tube tv going through an RF modulator has sharper and better color than the 19" LCD with composite video. I tried using the output off a portable DVD player and it just stretches all 16:9 material to 4:3 and it looks horrible. I hope most home DVD players won't stretch a 16:9 letter boxed video to 4:3.
I have a problem though sometimes in the video at random times the DVD player has a hard time and I get these pixelated colored squares here and there. Could it have anything to do with the fact I moved the default bitrate from 8.000 to 9.800 and maybe some DVD players cannot read above 8?
One other thing, the tops and bottom of my video where the picture meets the letter box, its all jumpy and flickers specifically on lighter colors or white. How do I smoothen up that line?