I'm not too familiar with Windows Movie Maker so I can't be specific.
sterling40man wrote:The frames are all ditorted throuhout the entire video.
I'm assuming the original video is in widescreen? DVD video uses the exact same resolution for 16:9(Widescreen) and 4:3(regular TV). A flag is set in the file header/DVD so it can display it correctly on the TV. If for example it's a 4:3 TV it will add black bars top and bottom. There is an option in Movie Maker to manually set this:
In the Windows DVD Maker DVD Options dialog box, you select the settings you want to use to create a DVD that fits your needs. To open the DVD Options dialog, do the following:
1.Open Windows DVD Maker.
2.On the Share your memories on a DVD page, click Choose Photos and Videos.
3. On the Add pictures and video to the DVD page, click Options.
DVD aspect ratio. This option lets you determine if a slide show on the DVD is displayed at 16:9 (widescreen) or 4:3 (standard) aspect ratio. The aspect ratio is expressed as the relation of the width to the height of the slide show. When deciding which aspect ratio to choose, consider the aspect ratio for the monitor or TV on which your slide show will be played back. For information about how the aspect ratio affects playback, see the DVD-Video burning: frequently asked questions.
If you have a Windows Movie Maker project file from an earlier version of Windows Movie Maker that you have not opened in Windows Movie Maker in Windows Vista, the video in the project will have the aspect ratio that is set in Windows DVD Maker when you add the project to your DVD.
Try that first, generally speaking I always suggest using a DVD-RW and use short clips for testing until you get it figure out.
Another issue might be the bitrate it's using but I've searched and can't seem to find how you would set this in Movie maker. Try searching the help file for "bitrate". If you can find an option for that set it to 8000kbps.
What I'm asking is, is there a way to convert the .MTS files to let's say .AVI to get a good quality DVD?
Generally speaking you want to avoid unnecessary conversions because any conversion results in a loss in quality. If possible you want to convert directly from your source file to the final source once. That may not be possible for good results if DVD maker has such limited options. Whe I get chance I'll look on another computer sometime later to see if this is installed and I might be able to help a little more.
On a final note if you want a better solution for editing and burning video try Video Studio, there is 30 day money back gurantee. Not sure what the limitations are on it.http://www.corel.com/corel/product/inde ... ageCode=en