Free up disk space after iDVD burn?

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  1. sahnert macrumors 6502

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    I just finished up my first DVD project and successfully burned a disk using iDVD 4. Now I would like to free up the disk space that all the media files are taking up because I am on a 40 GB PBook and have no external HD. I used two iMovie projects, one at 3.23 GB and another at 1.86 GB. If I trash these I will not be able to burn another copy from iDVD or work on the project any more because iDVD simple links to these media files, correct? If I archive my iDVD project it will be over 7 GB which is more than the media files are taking up right now, and too big to store as data on a DVD as well. is there any way to free up my disk space and still have the files somewhat close to available if I want to add more to the project later? I thought maybe doing archive and then disk image but I only have 9.8 GB available right now and I don't know whether that's enough to do that. any ideas? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. dwishbone macrumors regular

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    there isnt a way that i know of to edit it without keeping them around.
    if you just want to make additional copies that is a piece of cake. any imaging program should be able to do that since the DVDs made in iDVD are not copy protected. even if they were that's no problem to get around either.
    the only way i can see would try to burn some of the material as data to a DVD(s). that would be my only suggestion.
     
  3. Macster12 macrumors newbie

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    I have a possible solution. There are blank dvds that hold up to 9 gigabytes of information on one disc, but it's a two sided disc. Each side is supposed to hold over 4.5 gigs of information, but these discs are not cheap. I myself have been thinking about getting a dvd-rw for a backup disc for some of my own files that are too big to back up on a cd disc.
    If this suggestion won't work for you and you have to download all your media all at once instead of stopping in between to turn the disc over, then the only other solution I can think of is to get an external hard drive for your laptop, that way, you can get as big a hard drive as you need for your purposes.

    Macster12.
     
  4. sahnert thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thanks for the replies. I'll check into those storage disks for backup purposes. But recenty I've been thinking of a bunch of other video projects I'd like to do so I think the best idea will be to just shell out for a FW hard drive. Anybody know of any with another firewire port attached so I can have my camera and the HD attached to the computer at the same time? Otherwise I would have to import the video on to the PBook drive and then copy it over to the FW drive. Twice the time. Any suggestions?
     
  5. punkmac macrumors regular

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    saving iDVD files

    You cannot change or delete any files in iDVD or iMovie or the system will not play them.

    I tried this too, to save space and iDVD could not open the project. Also don't move files (music) you use.

    So the total space for iMovie idvd project is about 15 gig.

    I see an External Hard Drive in your future.

    I.
     
  6. unixkid macrumors member

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    you could get a firewire pc card to expand ur firewire ports. do not get a usb hard drive they are sllooowww and cant power the drive so it would need a power cord.
     
  7. Macster12 macrumors newbie

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    The first Mac I bought was a Powerbook G4 laptop, but I took it back and exchanged it for a PowerMac G4 minitower. One of the reasons I did is because the Powerbook only had one firewire port, and if I wanted to get an external hard drive, I would only have one firewire port to use because my camcorder would need one too, and as far as I know, you can't add another one to a laptop. My G4 minitower has the advantage of adding as many firewire ports as you want, but it came with two which was all I needed. You might have a problem if you do get an external hard drive and want to hook up both the hard drive and your camcorder to the laptop. You might have no choice but to download your video onto the laptop's main hard drive, and then export it to the external hard drive by means of the only firwire port you have. You'll of course have to hook up your camera and your external hard drive seperately in order to utilize your one firewire port.
    Unless someone out there knows of an alternative to your dilema, you might have to do what I did and opt for a tower, that way you can add an internal hard drive and an external hard drive and have several firewire ports if you need them. That's the bad thing about laptop's is that there's very little you can upgrade with them.

    Macster12.
     
  8. sahnert thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i've looked into firewire hubs/repeaters which seem to do the trick for many people. One downside is that most of them need power supplies so you lose some of the nice portability factor, but I would be doing video editing at my desk anyhow. I can't stand the thought of trading up my laptop for a desktop, especially in my diminuitive dorm room. but I have considered buying an older model tower to sit at home for when I need to do heavier work. But the video project isn't that big of a deal right now. Just more like something that I've been working on a bit for about a year, but it just keeps growing, so I'm looking for options to expand. Thanks again for all the replies.
     

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