NEW Thread - a place to discuss DVD making.
I've found many Tutorials on Vegas Studio, Vimeo and YouTube are good starting places, also the software "suite 10" includes a fast-paced Tutorial, by VAAST.
Trying to make sense of DVD Architect is made difficult, IMHO, because there is little connection between the different parts that constitute the "Production Suite" - the Forum at Sony, even suggests as much, suggesting that a "Wizzard might be useful" (those that find it easy, can switch it off).
On an earlier Thread, a poster complained about image distortion, which I read as being an Aspect-ration issue, with my limited knowledge as there were no other replies, I suggested this was (as Sony suggests, see **below) because DVDs are not suited to widescreen and that BlueRay is needed. This was attacked as being "rubbish" . . . . . I replied courtesly . . . . as follows:-
"- - - - - - - Thank-you for your corrections.
I'm using a 16:9 camera and when I view it, (having passed through Architect Studio), it's 4:3 on my old telly. [EDIT: & See further on}
Yet, a broadcast modern blockbuster film is displayed in Letterbox-style, so I presume it's not the telly. A 5-min DVD has been burnt in 4:3 - I don't want the conversion, so why is Architect Studio taking on this decision?
Some pointers as to where this might be fixed would be most welcome*.
- Until your comments, I've been quite happy with this inconvenience. Indeed I'm rather pleased when I get a recorded disc out of Architect Studio at all.
Sony Vegas Studio 10, adjusts its operation to match the incoming format (a change I understand from V9), - so I wonder why my DVD's are clipped.
I will say though, that Architect Studio is particularly difficult to use, being unconcerned about getting my stuff onto a DVD, rather what buttons I want, music, effects, themes and so on. All of which I'm happy to leave to a time later when I am knee-deep in modest DVDs.
* I've searched YouTube and whilst there is plenty on Vegas (of varying qualities), I've found very little on the other aspects of the Vegas Production Suite.
**EDIT (9Aug2011)- Did some digging re HD on DVD and it's here, from Sony Software Centre/knowledgebase: (Of course it could be wrong, but if so, no-one's corrected it...)
"..Sony Software Centre knowledge-base..link/info as follows...
This starts telling customers the advantages of BlueRay . . . . .
“....If you do not have a Blu-ray burner or Blu-ray player, you can convert your HD videos to standard definition for burning onto a standard DVD.**This will play back in your DVD player.**The video will not be HD, but it will still have excellent quality, since it comes from a high-definition camcorder.**For more information on converting your video to standard definition for a DVD, please*click here. ..."
(So, as I read the above; it seems Sony think the best you can do is to create SD vid for DVD's - well, I'm keen to know if there is a way round it, esp. as my vids are typically under 10 mins, so it would seem possible to put several (16x9)HD on one Disc.
-and my original post reflected this contention.... +over to you, best regards (END of earlier posting)
- That's where the issue ends as far as my understanding of the DVD/BlueRay and Widescreen issues.....
....so I'm hoping some experienced Posters can pick-over the issues and suggest further reading, Architect Studio Tutorials, etc. which may be useful for others as well.
[ However, since posting the above, I've played some of my most-recent DVD's and find that the TV does have black bars top and bottom, but I'm yet to measure the aspect ratio - but it can't be 4:3 so all I can say is this becoming somewhat curious... ]
If I can suggest, it would be useful to know how Regular-Users store their Rendered vids, as I don't really want to fill up the C-drive, which is where Sony Vegas Studio tries to put them.
If I put Rendered Vids in a folder "Renders" (which has sub-folders for each Project), on a second SATA-HDD in the PC (it's drive "K" but that's because other letters are allocated) - but I don't recall any success with this arrangement; it's as though there is something I'm missing when sending the Rendered file(s) to/from this location.
Why this is, I don't know, but it is possible that Architect Studio is unwilling to take Rendered files from drive-K - Sadly Architect Studio doesn't flag-up what files are needed -and- it would seem it won't check what it's given, although I've seen "messages" prior to burning, which suggest the files will be compressed - yet that's what I thought Architect did, and then burnt it.
anyone out there....?