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Burning a DVD - How long?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by jjmaximum, Nov 20, 2004.

  1. macrumors member

    Just got a 17" 1.8 iMac and absolutely LOVE it! One of the first things I wanted to do is burn a DVD of some video on my MiniDV camera.

    Imported into iMovie, did some editing and then moved it to iDVD and clicked Burn - it's been over 2 hours and still going. Is this normal or did I do something wrong?

    Note: the video is 1 1/2 hours long.
  2. macrumors regular

    Don't worry, it's normal. My former eMac did about 4 to 5 hour to encode, multiplex and burn a 1 hour video using iDVD (clips imported from iMovie). Your iMac should be faster than this, but than again, encoding a DVD is a rather time consuming procedure
  3. macrumors 68020


    It's not the burn that's taking that long, per se, it's taking the DV and encoding it to mpeg2, encoding the audio and muxing them together. I think the iMax G5 is a 4x DVD+-R burner, but it will depend on what media you're using.
  4. macrumors 603


    Don't worry until it has been at least 24 hours with no result...

    I've had 10 hour burns before (2 hours, blah blah blah) on my iMac 800Mhz.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Completely normal... The encoding takes forever , the actual burn time isn't that long... Once you hit "stage 4:multiplexing & burning" it's all down here from there- problem is you may not hit stage 4 until tomorrow ...lol...
  6. macrumors member

    It finished in about 4 hours

    Thanks for the comments...as you can imagine after an hour or so I was a little worried. They should post a little caution window the first time you click 'Burn' that it may take a while.

    The finished product reminded me of how cool it is to be a Mac user. Moved from tape to DVD, have a cool title screen complete with music and chapters with no problems, cursing, downloading drivers, etc. on my very first attempt. One could only imagine the problems I would have encountered on the 'dark side'.

  7. macrumors 603


    Any additional copies, BTW, take just a few minutes. You have already done the rendering, multiplexing, etc. So you just need to burn the DVD. I'd have to guess it at maybe 20 minutes for a second copy. Oh, but if you quit iDVD you lose your multiplexing data. Which sucks.

    How much RAM do you have? More RAM can sometimes help make everything go faster (well, remove a bottleneck to the speed, but that is a technical thing). 512 MB of RAM might help you out... Just an IMO.
  8. macrumors regular

    The first time I ever used idvd I thought my computer was broken. What you can do even if you close idvd is make a copy using toast it won't have to remix the dvd. Enjoy

  9. macrumors 68000


    Just for the record, a full single-layered DVD should burn in about 15min without any encoding or other stuff (ie with data).

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