I came to Shotcut from Pinnacle Studio and was glad to “stick it to the man” because this software seemed to have it all over the jerks wanting to keep charging me for upgrades. However, when going through the process of creating a DVD with separate video editors and DVD authoring tools…I’m starting to think it’s worth the money.
Before I get flamed, I want just want to say I have read all of the material I could find and think I understand the process of exporting video in NTSC and using a DVD authoring program to create DVDs for use in DVD players. I think it is an important topic because many people still use DVD players. However, I have .avi home video files that look great in Shotcut. No matter how I export them to DVD format (mpeg2, NTSC) and trying numerous DVD authoring tools (Win X DVD author, DVD Styler) - the final product is poor quality with horizontal lines (I have tried converting as both interlaced and de-interlaced). I wish there was a good solution with a “stick-note” on the forums that would put this to bed, but all I know is Pinnacle Studio can encode and burn to DVD and it looks great. I’m not suggesting it’s better…I’m saying I believe there is an important part of the process that I and many others (and based on the number of posts on this and other forums) just don’t understand.
I know there are really smart people on this forum - who might be able to help, but I understand that video editing is almost a purely digital arena and DVDs are becoming coasters.