I am looking to buy some software to help me create DVDs of AVI files that I create . I would really appreciate some advice on a couple of issues if anyone can help.
For my work I create AVI files (of 3D traffic simulations). I can create these as MPEG-4, Cinepak or just as full frames (ie uncompressed). However, in order to get a decent video I set the screen resolution to 1920x1200 when I record these. Any less and the quality is too poor for presentation.
I need to create a PAL DVD with a menu and a number of these videos on it. The first problem is that PAL DVDs use MPEG-2 which has a resolution of 720x576. At the moment I use VirtualDub to resize the original AVIs to 720x576 - this seems to be able to do it without losing too much quality. Then I render this file to MPEG-2. I have used Ulead and Adobe for this so far and Adobe gives massively better results when rendering. I assumed rendering to MPEG-2 would be the same on all software but is it the case that the softwares use different quality encoders?
Anyhoo, I then create a DVD such that there is a simple menu with a button for each clip, a background bitmap and the start and end of each video clip has a cross-fade from and to black at start and finish.
Simple, but I have to use three or four items of software to do it which is riiculous! (ie virtualdub, adobe premiere pro, adobe encore and ulead) So my question is this:
1) Can anyone suggest a good package that will do all of this for me (ie accepts 1920x1200 AVI and converts to MPEG-2 at a decent quality and can also produce DVDs with a flexible menu system and a simple cross-fade at start and finish of each clip).
2) For my personal understanding! Are all mpeg-2 encoders the same or is say adobe better than ulead??
I have looked at adobe premiere pro and DVD encore but neither accept 1920x1200 files and I would need premiere for the cross-fade and encore for the DVD menu as far as I can work out. Expensive to buy both for such a simple operation!
Any help and/or suggestions greatly appreciated...