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.
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?
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
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.