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    Default Using AVI files to convert to DVD

    I use Pinnacle Studio 7 video editing software, which I am extremely happy with, for ease of use. Having recently purchased a DVD writer, I now want to write completed videos to DVD, to use on a domestic DVD player. Studio 7 "Make Movie" section allows you to write MPEG-2 files, then copy these to DVD, or I can write the completed movie as an AVI file, then use a programme such as "Movies on CD & DVD," or "My DVD Studio," to write a playable DVD. However, I find that for any of these solutions, MUSIC sound quality is quite inferior when compared to writing back to a mini DV tape. I had assumed this was due to the conversion process between files, but couldn't equate this to the fact that loading original video into the computer produces an AVI file, which presumably has to be converted in the same way. I know that Studio 9 will allow me to write directly to DVD, but can you please advise if this will give improved sound quality for music, or am I likely to still have the same problem? (I've read some of the postings regarding Studio 9 - which doesn't enthrall me!)

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    when you transfer video through firewire, it ends up exactly as it is on tape. It's transferred losslessly.

    DVD players can't play this, they can only play mpeg1 and mpeg2.

    You need to convert to mpeg2, generally, so quality loss will occur. The problem you're having is that the audio is bad quality. What encoding settings are you using?
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    For an AVI file in Studio 7, the only setting I can change is the kHz rating. For both AVI and mpeg-2, the setting is 16 bit stereo, with 48kHz sample rate. The 16 bit stereo is "greyed out" for both AVI and mpeg-2, but I can change the kHz setting for AVI, to 32kHz. Are you saying that Studio 9 would not improve this situation?

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    well, you want the audio to be 48khz.

    when you output from studio, what format are you outputting it to?
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    Sony STR-DE425 & Eltax c205s;
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    If I write an MPEG-2 file, I just copy it to a DVD.

    If I write an AVI file, I have two software choices - either "Sonic MyDVD" or "Magix Movies on CD & DVD 2.0".

    "Sonic MyDVD" only gives either 'PCM' or 'Dolby Digital' as options for audio settings. Current setting is 'Dolby Digital,' with Transcode speed set to 'Best quality.'

    "Magix Movies on CD & DVD 2.0" gives options of 'Direct Sound,' (currently selected,) or 'Wave Driver,' then under the drop down menu 'Audio device,' further options of:- 'Primary Sound Driver,' (currently selected,) 'VIA AC'97 Audio (Wave)' - or 'Modem #0 Line Playback (emulated.)' (I believe the latter two are related to my old 56K modem and drivers, which are still installed and my BT modem.) Further settings can be made under 'Multitrack Audio Buffer,' doubling in increments from 64 to 262144. Current setting is 8192, (presumably default setting, as I have not changed this.)

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    use sonic, i've never heard of that other thing.

    choose dolby sound.
    AMD Athlon 1700 (@2200mhz from 1466 sod the noise!) - 768mb pc3200 - 200GB Maxtor - Pioneer 106 - GF4 Ti4200 - twinhan/visionplus pci dvb-t - random pci analogue tv tuner - A7v600-x (to replace the a7n8x-d that died...) - random 17\" CRT
    Sony STR-DE425 & Eltax c205s;
    xBox w/20GB HDD- executer 2.3b;
    xBox - standard;
    Konica/Minolta dimage z10 w/2x512mb SD;
    iRiver h340;
    A silly amount of Cat-5 and usb cables

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    Thanks for info., but this confirms settings already being used, which are producing reduced quality for music - which I understand the reason for, from your initial response. However, are you able to confirm if Studio 9 would improve the situation, please?

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    Unfortunately not, i don't think i've ever used it. Over to the others
    AMD Athlon 1700 (@2200mhz from 1466 sod the noise!) - 768mb pc3200 - 200GB Maxtor - Pioneer 106 - GF4 Ti4200 - twinhan/visionplus pci dvb-t - random pci analogue tv tuner - A7v600-x (to replace the a7n8x-d that died...) - random 17\" CRT
    Sony STR-DE425 & Eltax c205s;
    xBox w/20GB HDD- executer 2.3b;
    xBox - standard;
    Konica/Minolta dimage z10 w/2x512mb SD;
    iRiver h340;
    A silly amount of Cat-5 and usb cables

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