IDVD4 multiplexing/burning

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  1. jhmccoy macrumors newbie

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    I have a DPG5 with 512mb. I am trying to burn a 90min movie in iDVD 4. On stage 4 it has been a little over 5hrs and still going. Is this normal? It gives no estimated time of completion and just shows a blue and white "candycane" bar that is moving. The activity monitor shows that iDVD is still working. It is working on a movie exported from FCE with chapter markers.

    Any thoughts???

    Thanks.
     
  2. yoda13 macrumors 65816

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    I have had this problem before on my PowerMac a few times. I just figured the system was showing some age. I sometimes have left it overnight to finish, but it has never failed to finally do so. So maybe that will put your mind at ease, but I still don't know why it does it, hopefully someone else will.
     
  3. WinterMute Moderator emeritus

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    iDVD converts the files to MPEG2 in the background as part of the multiplexing process, so a big file will take a lot longer, especially on a slower machine.

    DVD St Pro doesn't encode like this, but will only take MPEG2 files.

    I'm surprised it's taken so long on a G5 DP, but that's what it's doing.
     
  4. jhmccoy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    <<<<update>>>> It has taken almost 16hours and still going...

    Thanks Wintermute for the info. It seems frustrating that a friend of mine (using a pc) can take a double-sided DVD and demox/decrypt it and re-encode it to fit on one DVD in way less time than it's taking me to encode a uncopyrighted wedding video to DVD.
     
  5. Invizzible macrumors regular

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    I have a single processor 1.4 Ghz G4 Powermac. Normally, it takes about 5-6 hours for iDVD to make a 60 minute DVD from an iMovie. There was one iMovie, however, that iDVD was working on all night long - for around 16 hours - and never finished so I aborted the project. Before I had gone to bed, it said there was only 2 minutes left of the last stage, and when I woke up in the morning it still said there was two minutes left.

    Also, before I went to bed my DVD burner's light was on, looking like it was already burning. But in the morning, the light was still on and when I removed the disc, it hadn't been touched yet by a laser!

    A few days later I tried again to make a DVD from the exact same iMovie session, and the exact same thing happened again. So I gave up. I have not had this problem with any other iMovie sessions/attempted DVD's. I assumed there was a problem with the iMovie files, even though the movie played fine in iMovie.

    I'm using imovie 3.0.3 and iDVD 3.0.1.
     
  6. Stike macrumors 65816

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    I believe this is a bug. Just quit/force quit iDVD and try it again. You may notice that the DVD is still blank. I had such a bug with iDVD 3. It shouldn´t take any longer than maybe 2 to 3 hours on your machine.
     
  7. jhmccoy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I re-installed iDVD3 from my system restore disk. It took me roughly 4 hrs to complete the project I was trying to do in iDVD4. I currently have both iDVD's installed in case Apple decides to fix this problem. I can understan a problem cropping up on an older machine, but a new DPG5??? There must have been a huge deadline to get iLife'04 out the door.
     
  8. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    You're quite short on RAM.

    Conversions of any kind tend to be memory-intensive and you have enough for Mac OS X to run nicely--not enough for big applications to run along side it well. I would be quite certain that you've been hitting the disk drive quite a bit because of your memory situation. That will slow down the whole process.

    I would expect that you would minimally have 1 GB and optimally 2.
     
  9. wbrowne1 macrumors member

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    DP G5 1GB RAM here...

    3 hours since and counting, 2 of which in the multiplexing and burning stage...

    the project has a bunch of menus but is only about 54 min. of actual video.

    i also have a friend with a 1Ghz 17in iMac that hung on stage 3 for a few hours before he gave up.

    I'm gonna leave it overnight, but i'll let you know if it works out in the end or not.
     
  10. hunkhuang macrumors newbie

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    I have the exactly SAME situation that you're facing now... but mine worse... it is only run till stage 2 and STOP for more than 5 hours.....

    I don't understand how come Steve still doesn't encounter this problem and make such a Big brand...
     

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