Convert Mpeg-4 file to play in standard DVD player

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  1. Leydeno macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I would like to burn a file I have on my Mac which is currently in Mpeg-4 format. Unfortunately my external DVD player doesn't support this format (it's pretty basic). Could anyone please suggest a way of converting the file so that it's compatible with the DVD player?

    Thanks in advance for any help,

    Olly
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  3. Leydeno thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks - however when I drag the file to iDVD, I'm told that the project is too big to fit. Is there any way around this?
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    It sounds like you're going to need a dual layer DVD for that if you're going to convert it via iDVD. Toast should size it to a single layer DVD but that is going to cost money. That being said a DVD player that'll play DivX/MPEG-4 is only about $70 at most.
     
  7. Leydeno thread starter macrumors newbie

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    OK - I'll have a look at Toast. Thanks for your help
     
  8. bootedbear macrumors 6502

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    Size is irrelevant. All iDVD cares about is run length. So how long is the video?
     
  9. Leydeno thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's a couple of hours long. I've now managed to drag the file into iDVD but when I try to burn it, the same error message pops up. I'm using a regular 4.7GB DVD-R
     
  10. quigleybc macrumors 68030

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    iDVD always tells me that what I'm trying to import is too long....I gave up on iDVD a long time ago...

    What is the limit on iDVD anyway?
     
  11. disconap macrumors 68000

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    There's a method posted in another thread you might want to try:

    download ffmpeg
    convert mp4 to VOB files
    creat disc image with VOB files
    burn image to disc

    Give it a shot, couldn't hurt!
     

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