I'm working with some 1080p 23.98 prores footage and attempting to compress to aStandard definition DVD. I use comnpressor on a daily basis and I've never seen it handle the footage and the graphics in such a poor way. I'm using the standard preset 90 minutes best quality with a 2 pass VBR. Thanks in advance for the suggestions.
How long is your video? Try doing One Pass CBR at 7.5Mbps. If your video is pretty long, you may have to encode at a lower data rate, but if you have to go lower than 5.5ish Mbps, that may be too low and you'll be better off with VBR.
Also, have you turned on Frame Controls? Be sure you set the Resize filter to Best.