Ihave a 1h20min project that is compressed down to approx 30% of the DVD, my transcodeing settings are 1.5-4.3 -7.5mbs. When I started out I used Encore Auto setting and the entire disk was filled but I had pauses and skips to catch up after the variou pauses. I lower the transcode setting as above but now it overcompress my project. Is there balance . . . auto setting had 9mb on the high end. How can I stop this from over compressing.
Transcoding media to exacting requirements is a bit of a black art. Especially software encoding.
I would suggest that you keep experimenting until you find an acceptable compromise between visual quality and playback compatibility.
For instance, try raising the minimum bit rate a bit, or raising the average bit rate a bit. Keep Quality at 4 or 5. Try reading up on MPEG-2 compression, online or in book form (DVD Demystified hs some good information). Expect to spend some time at all of this.