This is my first posting here and I'd be grateful for any advice anyone can offer me about the best way to approach this. I'll first provide you with a summary of my workflow and objective.
I record my material on a Panasonic HDC SD700 camera which produces .mts files. When using the camera I record at it's highest available quality setting which is 1920x1080p @ 50fps. The original material coming off the camera is excellent, to my eye anyway! My objective is to end up with the best possible quality I can, in DVD format, from this material, I want to be able to play it back on a DVD player, and I'm also wanting to burn short sequences in HD to DVDs and to be able to play those back on a Blu-ray player. I have available FCP X, Compressor, ClipWrap, iDVD and now Roxio Toast 11 Pro, I'm using a 27" iMac for my editing.
The first step I currently take is to convert the .mts files from the camera into a suitable editing format, I'm using ClipWrap and exporting the files using the Apple ProRes 422 codec as .mov files. I then edit these files in FCP X and produce a "master" file which will be the file that is used as the DVD content. I also use this file as the source material to upload movies having first passed them through Compressor. To generate this master file, from FCPX, I use the File->Share-Master File menu option, in the popup settings window I have things set as shown in the image below:
This file is then generated and I then move over to iDVD, which is what I've been using so far. I simply drag and drop the clip or clips onto my template and then burn the disc, I'm using Verbatim DVD-R discs. The results so far have been Ok but in parts there seems to be a sort of "shimmering" in some of the footage which is not there in the original material and which does detract from things, though this is just in short patches of the material and not in all of it. I have been burning at the highest speed the system can deliver but having read a previous excellent post here: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4160345?start=0&tstart=0 I tried burning at x1 but this did not change the results.
My plan is to try Roxio Toast 11 Pro and use the included plugin to write HD material to DVDs which I should then be able to play back on a Blu-ray player but I've not tried this yet. This should work for me as a cost effective way of getting HD quality onto DVDs as most of my outputs are short and a 20 or so minute limit will be fine.
So, that's what I'm currently doing and though I've tried to maintain quality at every step I'm still a little disappointed with the results of my DVDs and would be very grateful if any experts out there could look over my workflow and objectives and offer any pointers you think might move me towards getting the most from my original material. I do plan for the time being to stick with DVDs as well as uploading material, as they are very convenient for many users but I want to make them as good as I possibly can.