Burning multiple movie files to a disc

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  1. Leah.. macrumors newbie

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    I've been using mac for several years but have never had to burn movies to a disc before. I know that on a PC it is quite simple to burn multiple downloaded movies onto the one disk but I cannot work out how to do it on a mac, as the disk space fills up. I've downloaded "Burn" and "Visualhub" but neither seem to be able to do it. Can anyone help me with this? Thanks
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    Do you mean as files on a data DVD (as backup and storage) or as a video DVD for DVD players?

    The first can be done via Burn and even via Mac OS X.
    In Mac OS X, create a burn folder in Finder via the File menu.
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    Then drag your video files to that burn folder (in the Sidebar) and click the Burn button.
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    In the application Burn, use the Data tab and drag your movies onto that and the click the Burn button.
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    The second option (video DVD) needs a little bit more steps, and only one movie (if 90 minutes or more) fit on one Singe Layer (SL) DVD with 4.7GB (4.37Gib) capacity.
     
  3. Leah.. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for replying :). I actually meant so that it can be played on a DVD player. I can't for the life of me remember how I did it on a PC, but my old roommate would burn about 4 movies to the one cd that could be watched on a dvd player. The disk I have is 700MB but i have 3x 550MB files I want to burn to it. I just can't work out how to do it on a mac :(
     
  4. nutman macrumors regular

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    toast could probably let you do it by turning down the encoding quality.
     
  5. Leah.. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Isn't toast pretty expensive? It's the same problem when I have a movie that is 850MB and a disk that's only 750MB. I don't know if I need to compress it or something...very confused :(
     
  6. spinnerlys Guest

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    Okay, what you mean with your 700MB medium is a CD, a DVD looks the same but can hold more data.

    What your friend did was burning a VCD (Video CD) or SVCD (Super VCD), which compresses the original video to fit onto a CD. But you loose a tremendous amount of picture quality, as it uses an older codec called MPEG-1, which is originating in the late 80s and has seen some development in the early 90s.

    Your TV episodes use the Divx codec, which is based on MPEG-4, a far more efficient and superior codec to MPEG-1. And it's not that old.

    You can use Burn to make VCDs and even SVCDs.
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    But a VCD will only hold 80 minutes of video at maximum, an SVCD 60 minutes, as it offers a slightly higher resolution than VCD.

    You also need a DVD player capable of CVD or SVCD playback, so be sure to check that. If your player can do that, check if it plays .avi files encoded with the Divx or Xvid codec, as that would be the better solution, as you can burn two episodes onto one CD without conversion as normal data thus there would be no quality loss.
     
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  8. bmcgonag macrumors 65816

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    They may have had a DVD player that supported .divx as well.

    Those could play several video files, no menuing system really on most, but start to finish worked ok.
     

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