I have some SVCD burning experience with Pinnacle Studio 7/Express 1
It's really a troublesome and unreliable software, their support is really poor
and it took me about a month to burn my first SVCD. Additionally, Pinnacle
SVCD disks are of good quality but far from great.
My Apex DVD player alows to
play even AVI file from CD, so I compiled some test DVD project, copied
video file to CD and played it on my DVD player. The quality promises to
be almost as good as my DV videotape.
So, I decider to buy a Pioneer DVD burner to continue with DVDs for my
The question is, should I stay with Pinnacle Studio7/Express1 (or, maybe
upgrade to Studio 8), or it's better to pay money for some other DVD authoring
software? I don't know how much time it will take me to burn my first DVD with
Pinnacle. If it will be another month of troubles... Oh, no.. I have better pay
money to some other DVD authoring software vendor.
What is really important to me: DVD quality and compatibility. Only after that
I care about menu complexity, transitions and other effects.
First of all It should look very close to my DV quality tapes and should be
compatible with most DVD players, cause I'm going to send DVDs to relatives.
I don't use ST 7 a lot, since I'm not happy with its quality product, and I'm very dispointed about the way Pinnacle support their customers. Every time, I send a request, I got an automatically mail reply that make no sense :)
If you are happy with st 7 and don't want to spend time on learning other software then you'd better stay with it since you've already known how to use it, Beside, ST 7 is the easiest app to edit (I think so) :)
Studio 8 is similar to Studio 7 but gives higher quality, it worth to upgrade.
I suggest you should try some other DVD authoring software to see which one you like :) they usually have trial version to try.