I've had MSP 8 for a few years but have never used it as well as I could have and not sure I have all the settings correctly configured between capture and editing.
Now I've been asked to make a digital signage display for a local community center. They will use a laptop connected to a plasma TV. As no capture is involved, my first thought is to use MSP8 because it is flexible and has a good array of titles, moving paths and transition effects.
I'm just doing some text and photoshop images at the moment but I'm still not getting the quality I need for the finished product because there seems be an overall fuzziness (i.e. the text lines do not look crisp). It is not terrible, like an interlacing problem, but it just detracts from the overall experience.
My OS details are in my profile but the project settings I'm using are:
PAL (25 fps)
Microsoft AVI files
Non-Square Pixel Rendering
24 bits, 720 x 576, 16:9, 25 fps
Lower Field First
Data Type 24-bit RGB
DV Video Encoder -- type 1
DV Audio -- PAL, 48.000 kHz, 16 Bit, Stereo
I plan to export to Mepg 2 when authoring to DVD or maybe save a hard copy in Mpeg 4 to their HDD (because the center I'm doing this for has connected a laptop to a widescreen TV).
Can any of you more experienced guys help me with some advice. It seems whatever I do I cannot get that broadcast sharpness I really want to achieve.