[Zane Barker]"Sounds normal for a DV project. DV is a vary poor codec when it comes to quality."
Zane is being far too efficient with his words above and short-changing the issue in the process.
DV is actually a wonderful and revolutionary codec for moving video where the incredibly vast compression rate is hardly noticeable. However, it absolutely sucks for text and graphics, because it operates in 4:1:1 color space and thus chucks out an enormous amount of color information, and then it interpolates, or "guesstimates" the color of many nearby remaining pixels.
So, how do you fix that? Easy, when you're done editing your sequence, go to Sequence>>Settings and change the compressor to a code that operates in 4:2:2 color space, such as DV50 or ProRes, then re-render the entire timeline. Bingo, you will have pristine text and graphics.
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