2-3 hour video on one DVD?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by iMatt mini, Dec 28, 2005.

  1. iMatt mini macrumors 6502

    Mar 1, 2005
    Central New Jersey
    I have a tape, actually two, about 1:30 each, I'd like to upload it and burn it onto one DVD so I can make copies for friends and such, think it's possible? If it goes on to two or more DVD's, they just won't get any. The video is on a camcorder tape, I've been trying to upload it through my camcorder using iMovie HD. Problem is, the first half took up over 10 GB, I know that won't fit on one, even 2 DVD's, it'll end up being a box set. I can't do that. What's the best format to upload, burn it in. I'm new to this, I don't know much.

  2. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    Oneida, NY
    In iDVD, there's a quality option you could look at. I know I used it to get a 2 hour video onto a DVD.
  3. xsedrinam macrumors 601


    Oct 21, 2004
  4. rjphoto macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2005
    Video file size does not equal encoded DVD size

    However your are limited on iDVD on the amount of video you can get on one DVD. Originally it was one hour. Then it went to one and a half. I don't know if it is at two hours now or not. (Anyone?)

    With DVD Studio you can get up to 5 hours per DVD using the different compressions.

    Then there is always the new DL DVDs.
  5. skimaxpower Guest

    Jan 13, 2006
    Using Compressor or QT Pro, you can adjust the MPEG2 bitrate so that you'll be able to fit 3 hours onto one standard 4.7 gig DVD.

    The quality will suffer anytime you push it past 2 hours, but for home videos, you'll never notice.

    Additional tip: Make sure to encode the Audio to AC3 format instead of Aiff. It's equivalent to the difference between MP3 and WAV/AIFF.

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