I have used Movie Maker to capture, edit, and save in DV-AVI. I have also used Ulead Video Studio to capture, edit, and save in MPEG-2 (for DVD).
Then I have used Ulead DVD Movie Factory to create DVDs using the above DV or MPEG files. I am very satisfied with the results.
How about your bitrate setting? Are you perhaps stifling your quality by trying to put too much on one disk by squeezing down the bitrate? Just a thought....
Finally, even with digital, zero loss in quality is impossible. Whenever a file is transferred, edited or rendered something will be lost. The trick is to make the loss as unnoticeable as possible.
I have a Sony Mini DV camcorder and a Sony Laptop. I would like to transfer the digital video to my laptop so I can edit the video and burn it to DVD. I am hoping to avoid any loss in quality. I have used the application that comes with sony but it seems to lose quality. If there are any programs that would allow for transfering and editing without any loss please let me know.