Where to start ... where to start ....
This may come off a bit random, but should answer/address all the things I see...
SLIDESHOWS IN PREMIERE
That guide for creating slideshows in Premiere should work very well for you. When I make simple slideshows, I use 720x540 images. Remember your overscan. Images must be that EXACT size, so use Photoshop to add overscan and resize as needed. Black matte backgrounds are best. If that's complete jibberish to you, let me know. I'll show an example.
..... and I just realized you are not making slideshows, but this info is good, so I'll leave it anyway.
"CAPTURING" THE DV AVI
I hate transferring video with Premiere. I can do it, plan to write a guide for it soon, but I hate it. Premiere is a CPU hog. It can cause dropped frames, etc. WinDV would be a better choice for transferring the DV-AVI footage from that camera to your computer.
You can get WinDV here: http://windv.mourek.cz
After capturing separately from Premiere, merely import the transferred AVI into Premiere, and then dump to the timeline and edit as you've been doing. If you experience no dropped frames or other issues, this may be nothing more than an extra step, but it's a safer method.
MPEG ENCODER SETTINGS
Since you were using a guide from a PROGRESSIVE source material (slideshows), it is possible you are not properly selecting INTERLACED encoding for your INTERLACED DV material. I will update this post with some MC images here shortly (day or so), showing suggested settings.
Note: Adobe uses the MainConcept
(MC) encoding enginre. So when I talk about "MC" this is it.
Simply stated, Roxio ruins anything it touches. It is very likely harming the video and/or re-encoding it. Use something else. I have covered the specifics of the various authoring software elsewhere in this forum
, but to keep it simple for now (ask if you have specific wants or expectations), know that I suggest TMPGEnc DVD Author (TDA), Ulead DVD Workshop 2 (DVDWS2) and Sonic DVDit! PE 2.5 (not v5).
- TDA is newbieware, has a couple of nav flaws, but is easy and cheap at about $50.
- DVDit! PE is midground, fairly easy and somewhat inexpensive at about $100-150. Not as many features as DVDWS2.
- DVDWSD2 is by far the best, but has a price of about $300 on average. Many pro quality features.
All of these will work pretty well. And when I say "features" I mean things like motion menus, multi VTS, Dolby AC3, ability to customize buttons, etc.
Roxio is your weak link. It's got to go.
DVDWS2 has a 30-day functional trial (only thing missing is AC3, the demo is MP2 or PCM audio only). I would try that. Visit http://www.ulead.com/dws/trial.htm
to get it. I bet if you used that real quick, everything would be fine. It costs nothing to try.
The only other option is you MainConcept
(Adobe MPEG Encoder) settings are set to the WRONG FIELD ORDER, as DV should be BOTTOM FIELD B, not TOP FIELD A. That can cause "stuttering" video. A computer DVD player uses active deinterlace bob/weave filters, so it's only noticeable on the tv set. You may want to read the DEINTERLACE GUIDE in the capturing section of digitalFAQ.com.
Even the Premiere capture could be guilty of causing errors. Doubtful, but surely possible. One at a time. Try to use DVDWS2 first. Well try the MC settings next. Go ahead and look at MC settings for interlace.
That's all I have right this minute.
Ask if you need any further clarifications, etc.