I am at the moment using Studio 7 with a Studio DV card and then converting my captured AVI using TMPGEnc 2.58, authering with Spruceup, and burning with Nero.
My question is, by upgrading to Studio 8 will I acheive a better quality produced DVD in less time, or am I wise to stay with Studio 7 for the time being even though it means a lot of chopping and changing between programs.
At the moment, a one and a half hour DVD of my home movies takes approx 15 to 20 hours to produce, and even then it will only play on a limited number of DVD players. I seem to get a better result when I auther the project using only one title and only one chapter otherwise I seem to run into more problems.
I've been using the same method you have to produce home DVDs but with DVDit in stead of spruceup. I tried Studio 8 and had many of the same issues as Studio 7 mpeg rendering quality. I'm trying out premeire, but unless there is a way to adjust rendering quality in 6.5, I still think I'm going to stick with TMPGEnc. It does a great job, but like you said, the progess is a lot slower.