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How do I recode down from HD to DVD?

I have a Sony camcorder and use their Play Memories software. It won't burn DVDs from HD quality (MP4 X AVC S), so I've just bought Recode because its advertising says it converts all formats. Well I can't see a DVD output option, yet on page 18 of the online Recode 2016 manual (I can't find the 2017 manual) there is clearly a DVD option. (I would then use Play Memories to burn the DVD.)
If Recode 2017 won't do this I want my money back! Please can someone help resolve this query. Thanks.
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  • GJBGJB,

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  • Converting a video to a different format and burning video to a DVD which is playable in a standalone player are two different things.

    The DVD option will only appear in Recode if you select Import DVD Structure.

    The latter requires that you create a DVD structure. In Nero, that structure is created in Nero Video, as noted by Omega Tester.

    If you want a DVD that plays in a standalone DVD player, you would opt for DVD-Video in Nero Video. You would then import your file there.

    If you want a DVD that retains a resolution higher than 720x..., you would need to opt for an AVCHD-DVD which requires a Blu-ray player for playback.

    We can help you with that.

    I think you need to get a refund for Nero Recode and purchase either Nero Video 2017 or Nero v2017. The latter will give you not only Nero Video but also things like Nero Express, Burning Rom, Recode, etc. I normally recommend the Platinum version of v2017. Note that v2018 will be coming out next week but you can buy v2017 Platinum right now for a much lower price.
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  • Hi GJBGJB, if I understood you correct you want to convert a HD file into an SD file in Nero Recode to burn it to a DVD with a non-Nero product.



    Just drag & drop your file on the Nero Recode drop zone, select MPEG2 as output format and set the encoder settings like in the screenshot (NTSC).
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  • Many thanks to Wither 1 and Since5.5 for your advice.

    To clarify, Play Memories does indeed burn Standard DVD's but only from low resolution AVCHD format files. Not from any MP4 files or higher definition AVC's.
    And my new Sony camcorder has no decent video cable option for transferring videos to my VR from which I've always been able to create DVDs. (The only way Sony provide is using old-fashioned Yellow composite, which gives unacceptably poor video quality.)
    Hence my need for something that will take the HD videos files created by my Sony and turn them into DVD's of the best quality I can achieve.

    So I used Since5.5's parameters and successfully generated a mpg file that Play Memories would accept for burning a DVD. THANKS Since5.5!
    BUT - the video quality was still poor. So I experimented running ReCode with different parameter settings. Most generated mpg files that Play Memories would not accept, however. I then discovered that my PC has Windows DVD Maker, and that WOULD accept the ReCode files.
    So I experimented trying to get the highest quality mpg2 I could.
    I think the following is best, but would like your advice.....
    Best Quality, 1920x1088, Frame rate 50,000, Resizing method:-Super resolution.
    (I use PAL).

    I don't know whether this is optimal for best resolution and would welcome your advice. In my opinion the DVD I created using this method was still inferior in video quality to one I'd have got using my old DV camcorder FireWiring it to my VR and burning from there!
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  • Typically, AVCHD is 1440x... and above so I don't know what are low resolution AVCHD format files. 720x is considered the bottom of HD. Yesterday, I went over your options in regards to burning DVD's, with respect to resolution. You're not going to get 1920x1080p on a DVD-Video disc.
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  • If I get the v2017 Platinum that you suggest, will it provide the same facilities for resizing to super resolution etc that Recode does?

    Re your point about not getting 1920x1080p on to a DVD-Video disk, I am just presenting Windows DVD Maker with whatever Recode has produced. At the moment the best quality DVD it's given me has come from when I chose 1920x1080. The Windows software clearly does whatever conversion is needed (there are no parameters that need to be set).
    • As I mentioned earlier, Recode is part of the v2017 suite. The same options would appear in it. I always recommend Platinum. If you want it, you should grab it quickly since it will be gone as soon as v2018 comes out sometime this week and the price for v2018 will be significantly higher (at least initially).

      The DVD-Video specification is an industry standard that all burning software follows. It's resolution is 720x... If using 1920x works to get the best quality in the burned DVD-Video, that's great. You should be able to do the same thing in Nero Video although, once again, the quality won't be as good as the original (but that's not a Nero thing).
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