Many thanks for your replies guys.
What did you use to create animation?
What format is your original file in?
I have alot of flexibility with regards to my original file format as I produced it in a 3d s/w (3dsmax to be precise) and outputted it as a series of numbered targa files which I put into premiere for editing and such and from there I can export into a large number of different codecs. So my 'original' file can be uncompressed avi, or h.264 mov or pretty much whatever I want. Sadly though, though there is an option to burn my animation straight to dvd from premiere it seems to do an utterly terrible job and gives me almost no control over the details and thus I'm trying to learn how I might do it myself.
Thanks for your breakdown of exactly what vob is and isn't. The reason I was enquiring as to whether the software was converting my avi to an mpeg in the background was that I suspect that I'm losing quality in the final vob file due to the conversion from uncompressed avi to the mpeg not meeting my high requirements regarding quality. I was therefore wondering if I gave the software an mpeg-2 (dvd compliant of course) file if it would still go through the now unnecessary coverting process or if it would recognise that it is an mpeg-2 file and would just move straight on to the authoring and burning side of things. Though perhaps this depends on which software is used? Are there some that would and some that would not?
I had assumed before that I might be able to get around this if I did the converting to mpeg-2 myself and then authored it and mastered it myself, however despite being able to convert to mpeg-2 satisfactorily when it came to the conversion to vob format it would butcher the quality. Would it be possible to do the opposite of what you mentioned in that I might take a dvd compliant mpeg-2 file and rename the file extension and have it run as a vob file?
Thanks again people you guys are a font of knowledge
Also cheers for the guides, i'm making my way through them seeing if some of the info contained therein pertains to my situation