Burning an mp4 to DVD: question.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by s1w, Dec 25, 2009.

  1. s1w macrumors member

    Aug 10, 2008
    I used Handbrake to rip encode the dvd to mp4. Now I want to burn it to a DVD for a cheap backup.

    mp4 is 1.4gb

    I keep getting an error saying the data I'm trying to burn is over 4 gb's and too big for my blank disc. How's that possible?

    Shouldn't I be able to burn the mp4 to a dvd easily in iDVD?

  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Erm.... so many things about this confuse me.

    You started with a DVD, yes, and you want to make a backup. Was the original DVD dual layer? If not, it would be much better to use MacTheRipper, FairMount, or the like, to rip it as a TS_VIDEO folder. This way, when you burn it again, you have a copy of what you started with.

    I think the reason that iDVD is giving you problems is that, once iDVD converts the video back to DVD VOB format and adds its menus and things, it doesn't fit on a single layer disc.

    If it's a dual layer DVD, so you can't just rip the disc and then re-burn it, you could try Burn...


    Or else if you have Windows, there's great free Windows software explicitly to recompress a DVD in TS_VIDEO format to single-layer size. I use it on my EeeBox
  3. Jhanson09 macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2009
    kansas city, mo
    Toast is sooooo much better than iDVD

  4. harry*333 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2009
    if your just trying to make a backup of the mp4 then put in the blank disc, copy the file over in finder, and then click burn

    idvd burns dvd's to play in dvd players so it has to spread out the data over the length of the video

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