iDVD BURNING PROBLEMS!!!!!!!!!!

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  1. forthebrave macrumors regular

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    I just finished making my movie through iMovie and exported it to iDVD. I amde all the chapters, my cool little motion menus, added music but when I started to burn it, it's stuck in " Multiplexing and burning.... " it's taken almost 24 hours so far!!!!!!!!!!! I don't know if it usually takes this long or if it froze up~!! WHATS UP??? HEEEELP!!
     
  2. MattG macrumors 68040

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    It takes a while, but certainly not 24 hours. Have you downloaded updates to iDVD and iMovie? They're both up to version 4.0.1 now. Make sure you're updated to the latest version, and try again.
     
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  4. Awimoway macrumors 65816

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    It can easily take 12 or more hours. 24 seems a little high though. Some guy made a long FAQ that tackles a lot of common iDVD issues: LINK. He has a lot of tips for making things run smoother. For example, he says there should be at least as much free space on your boot drive as your iMovie file is large. The last time I burned with iDVD, I had to temporarily move all my music and documents to my external Firewire drive to come up with this much room. Anyway, there could be a lot of things that are causing trouble, so I won't presume to know which one, but if you read the FAQ you might find something useful.
     
  5. ericgl macrumors newbie

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    I had exactly the same problem. You must have the computer set to never sleep.
    It worked for me.
     
  6. jemeinc macrumors 6502a

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    No you don't... It will burn throughout the night... It won't sleep if it's working, the screen saver will come on but that's fine... I do all of my asset encoding while asleep... It makes me feel more productive- lol... I tell my wife, "see, I even work while I'm sleeping"- lol.. She 'aint buying it though....
     
  7. mullmann macrumors member

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    Depending on what you're doing, and on your system, it's not uncommon for iDVD to take a loooooong time to burn your disc. I've had it take about 24 hours before. The frustrating part is waiting all that time only to find out that it didn't work and then you've wasted a DVD.

    I do all my burning this way now:

    http://forum.rpc1.org/viewtopic.php?t=23370&postdays=0&postorder=asc&&start=0

    This is a method of "unlocking" iDVD to let you "burn" your DVD to a disc image on your hard drive (note that you need to have enough free space for the image). If the burn fails for some reason, you've at least not wasted a DVD. Once it's done, you can fire up Mac OS X DVD player to check the validity of the image. If you're satisfied that it works, use Disk Utility to burn the DVD from the image.

    Just be sure to read the whole thread in that link. By the time you get to the end, you should have all the info you need to make this method work. It has not failed for me yet.
     
  8. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020

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    It takes a long time, but 24 hours seems a little steep. What kind of Mac are you using?
     
  9. kentd macrumors newbie

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    Try iDVD3

    I tried a month ago to make my first DVD with iDVD4 on a Powerbook G4 1GHz. The movie was about 40 mins long with basically no effects using the default menus.

    iDVD4 took over 12 hours and produced a DVD that did not work.

    So I tried iDVD3 from my old iLife disks (I renamed the iDVD app to iDVD4, and then installed iDVD3 from the CD).

    This worked great--it took just 3 hours and I had a DVD that worked great.

    So my suggestion: give iDVD3 a try.
     
  10. Awimoway macrumors 65816

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    :D I just watered my display and keyboard…

    That is a very nice tip. I'm going to look into doing that. My understanding is that in iDVD 4, the ability to burn to a "disc image" is an easter egg sort of undocumented feature that you have to hack slightly to make it work. It's something Apple added so that people could burn with other drives and such, but it's undocumented so that Apple doesn't have to officially support it. This way, everyone is happy.
     
  11. mullmann macrumors member

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    Yeah... the "hack" is to drop two files (included in that thread) into your Home folder. That's really it. I've found it to be not only much more reliable than burning with iDVD, it lets me easily do all the rendering, encoding, and multplexing on my fastest Mac -- which doesn't happen to have a SuperDrive. Then I just move the image over to my SuperDrive Mac and burn it with Disk Utility.
     
  12. Dirty Harry macrumors member

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    You can also launch the activity monitor while iDVD is working to see if something is hung.
     
  13. Dirty Harry macrumors member

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    Actually, I am having the same problem. I did a simple iDVD project with about 20 minutes of video... and I am still waiting after 22 hours. :confused:

    I used "Best Quality" and I am tempted to stop and start again with "Best Performance"... Anybody know how faster is this method usually compared to Best Quality???

    I downloaded the last 4.0.1 update but I would need to stop the rendering to install it... should I stop this thing or wait?!?!? The Activity Monitor shows CPU beeing busy (about 80-90%), I can hear the hard drive working from time to time... Everything seems OK, but awfully slow. If only the progress bar was useful...

    I am using iDVD 4 in a new iBook G4 1.2 SuperDrive.
     
  14. punkmac macrumors regular

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    idvd stage 3 limbo

    I posted a question about this before but I was worried after only 3 hours!

    I worked it out at encoding is about about twice the playtime.

    This was 100 min. feature using iDVD's 2 pass rendering engine.

    Came out wonderful!

    After my dvds are finished I ripp them to my desktop ditch the 20 gigs of iMovie and iDVD files and just burn the files with TOAST.

    One thing I did is buy good quality DVD-rs. The cheap ones I had before are not reliable for long video burning.

    Unless this is an issue with 2x vs 4x in the new updates of iMovie and iDVD.

    Anyone know?

    I.
     
  15. Awimoway macrumors 65816

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    What kind of indication would you look for in Activity Monitor?
     
  16. BornAgainMac macrumors 603

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    I had the same exact problem on my G5 dual. After a minute it would just freeze. I let it run for 24 hours and it had not moved. I finally formatted and reinstalled the O/S and it fixed the problem and the encoding finished within 3 hours or something. It must be a bug with iDVD 4. Any new project created, even with a 1 minute clip did the same thing.

    The speed of the DVD drive is nothing compared to the speed to encode video. It takes a long time even for a G5. At least 2 hours for every 1 hour of encoding. It use to take an hour for one hour of video on a 1ghz G4. Slow! Perhaps iDVD 5 will use Rendezvous to let every Mac you own to participate in the encoding process. And perhaps a new iDVD engine to make encoding faster.
     
  17. jgp macrumors member

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    This is a known issue - iDVD 4.0.1 does not work well

    iDVD 4.0.1 has problems, especially with dual G5s. I have a dual 2 and I have found that I cannot burn discs at the "better quality" setting. The term "better quality" seems to be a misnomer as that is the setting to burn discs over 1hr. I have found that I can burn discs at 1 hr or less with the "better performance" setting as well as background encoding turned on. Burning 2hr DVDs was one of the big improvements of iDVD 4 over iDVD 3. It appears that Apple still has some work to do.
     
  18. Awimoway macrumors 65816

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    iPhoto's inability to handle large libraries of pictures was iLife '03's biggest failing, and they fixed that with '04. I think it's safe to say that iDVD, though feature-rich, is now the weakest link in the chain. Hopefully major speed improvements to iDVD will be a top priority for iLife '05.
     
  19. punkmac macrumors regular

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    long encoding...

    Yes the 1 hour per for encoding was true with idvd 3 that's what I have(1 ghz G4) and that's how long it took.

    The reason for the longer encoding times in idvd4 is the rendering engine is
    from COMPRESSOR the encoder used in FINAL CUT PRO!

    I'll wait for kind of quality.

    Just encode while sleeping.

    I.
     
  20. forthebrave thread starter macrumors regular

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    I've almost given up!!! I HAVE TRIED EVERYTHING AND ALL I HAVE IS A BUNCH OF USELESS DVDS!! iDVD 4.0.1 SUX! Do you think I should through out iDVD 4.0.1 and re-install iDVD 3???? I need to finish this WEDDING DVD QUICK!!! HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELP!!!
     
  21. Dirty Harry macrumors member

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    Ok, I'll answer to myself :rolleyes:
    I stoped my projecto after 24 hours, the iBook was hot as hell. I upgraded to 4.0.1 and started again using "Best Performance". It worked this time; my project was burned after 20 minutes, though I had waited before for my files to render in the status window. Didn´t want to try with Best Quality again because my project was urgent too.
    If your project is urgent I sugest you try with 4.0.1 and Best Performance, as it worked for me and quality was good enough.
    Anyway, I don't understand how Apple is able to ship iDvd with such a bug. Is this what iLife is supposed to mean? Why they don't find this obvious problem in their own tests??? :confused:
     
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  23. forthebrave thread starter macrumors regular

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    are the two file codes named " Hurz " and " Pfurz ". all i have to do is put these two files in my HOME and i can burn to an external DVD burner? Can i still burn with my internal burner ?
     
  24. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020

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    And once the files are in place, how do you get it to burn to an image? There's no option or preference.
     
  25. forthebrave thread starter macrumors regular

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    I finally figured out how to do it~ Maybe I just had this problem but if you are having trouble with the whole CONTROL+CLICK BURN BUTTON problem try opening FILE and hold Control and click burn from there, it worked for me, a box should pop up that lets you save to IMG
     

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