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Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Autokon, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. Autokon macrumors 6502


    Jan 21, 2008
    Hi guys, long time follower...first time poster.

    Essentially, I'm in need of some help and have decided to come here for that. For starters... I have a Macbook Pro, latest and greatest versions of everything. I also have about a three year old sony handy cam..uses those minidv tapes.

    What I'm trying to do is this: We had a family member film our wedding two years ago and I'm looking to make this into a DVD to distribute for friends/family. What I've done is plugged the handy cam in and imported the entire video (60 mins) via fire wire. This then imported the entire thing as about 30 different clips as iMovie separated the clips individually as they were taken. I took all the clips and did a few edits and dragged them all up into the top area of iMovie. I then exported or "Shared" as iMovie calls it into the "Large" format to the media browser. Fine and dandy, simple to do. Now, I imported that single video into iDVD and created the titles/chapters and what not and burned it to DVD. The quality...kinda blurry. It wasnt distorted or anything, but it was a little blurry...almost compressed looking.

    Ok, this is where I need help...what have I done wrong? Did I import from the camera incorrectly? Was I wrong for "sharing" it into the media browser? (default codec is h.264 isnt it?) Should I have exported via quicktime into a much BETTER codec with compression?

    Help? :)

    Thanks guy!
  2. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    Wirelessly posted (BlackBerry8130/4.3.0 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/105)

    I haven't used imovie in years but is there an option for idvd?
  3. aerius macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2008
    Captur Settings

    The most important thing to check for is your capture setting. When you initialy captured the footage onto your computer what program did you use? Also do you remember what the capture settings were for that initial capture?

    Also I would be curious to know if there was a setting for your export of Imovie to IDvd. If any of theses things are missed it can create a low quality video.
    So to summarize.

    1-Check for Capture settings of initial footage (Should be set to Dv25 or higher)
    2-Check setting for your i Movie sequence (Should be same as capture settings)
    3-Check Export settings (Iam not sure of the export settings for I movie but i think it should be pretty easy to select quality and such)
  4. LethalWolfe macrumors G3


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Compared to the source footage it will look compressed because, well, you are compressing it.

    If it looks god-awful in comparison then something might be wrong, but if it just looks a little compressed then most likely all you are seeing is the difference between DV and DVD.

  5. Autokon thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jan 21, 2008
    Thanks for the responses guys. I'll be sure to check my settings once I get home here and relay them back. I know the film was shot in widescreen...unknown about the settings. All I know is that it played GREAT when I played it directly from the video camera directly to the TV via component...crystal clear.

    I ripped it to iMovie with whatever default settings that iMovie uses....exported it using the "Larger" setting in iMovie. I'm assuming default is probably a medium quality...

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