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Exporting for creating a DVD in iDVD

Feb 20, 2013 11:44 PM

Hello,

 

What is the best conversion settings for taking a .mov and re-exporting it in order to use it to make a DVD on a MAC with iDVD?

 

I exported it with H.264 video codec (on a Quicktime preset) and while it exports and runs, when I make a DVD with it, it won't play on other DVD players.

 

Any help would be sincerely appreciated.

 

Regards,

 

Th3On3Fr33man

 
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    Feb 21, 2013 8:18 AM   in reply to Th3On3Fr33man

    Export using an MPEG2-DVD preset.

     
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    Jun 27, 2013 5:25 PM   in reply to Jim Simon

    iDVD does not recognize MPEG2-DVD files.

     
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    Jun 27, 2013 5:42 PM   in reply to CWoB

    They come out as .m2v and .wav, (or .ac3 if you change the settings) which are standard formats for authoring programs.

     

    Have you actually tried yet?  It didn't take those in?

     
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    Jun 27, 2013 6:34 PM   in reply to Jim Simon

    Correct.  iDVD does not recognize .m2v files.  You can google search it...lots of verification showing iDVD's lack of recognition of .m4v

    It is unfortunate and silly that iDVD is designed this way. 

     

    The question then is what other format should be used?  I've been looking for a good solution for years.  I've used Avid DNxHD in a Quicktime wrapper and it recognizes it okay, but the quality is often poor in the final burned DVD for some reason (and it takes forever to export).  Any ideas?

     
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    Jun 27, 2013 6:40 PM   in reply to CWoB

    The question then is what other format should be used?

     

    Well...what does it take?  Export one of those.

     
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    Jun 27, 2013 6:43 PM   in reply to Jim Simon

    The issue is not just finding a file type that iDVD recognizes.  It is finding a codec that iDVD can best transcode into its program so that you get the best final result in quality of DVD.

     
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    Jun 27, 2013 6:55 PM   in reply to CWoB

    That may take some experimentation and observation.

     

    Or...just use Encore, a proper authoring program that takes prepared assets.

     
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    Jun 27, 2013 7:05 PM   in reply to CWoB

    Have you tried h264 with the PAL or NTSC preset with AAC audio?

     

    I have a fried with a MAC and seem to remember he had a similar problem, it was quite a while ago hence I am unsure if this is right but I do remember it was very choosey about audio format AAC was OK on his system

     

    Col

     
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    Jun 27, 2013 7:44 PM   in reply to Biggles Lamb

    Those would be strange options for a DVD.

     
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    Jun 27, 2013 8:15 PM   in reply to CWoB

    The OP here doesn't appear to be around. The point:

    that iDVD can best transcode into its program so that you get the best final result in quality of DVD.

    is that iDVD will re-transcode anything. You can convert the m2v, or various other strategies, but there appears to be little control in iDVD, and "best" quality does not appear to be an option.

     

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1509564

     
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    Jun 28, 2013 12:59 PM   in reply to Stan Jones

    It does seem that iDVD is very very fussy about the file format so you may be better advised to cut your losses and move over to Toast.

     

    I have four mates with Mac's who use it

     

    Col

     
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