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Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by mrgreeneyes, Jan 29, 2011.
how can i convert a HD movie to a SD movie so that i can play in on my dvd player?
iDVD (though might not accept the source), Toast Titanium and Burn (free) can burn video DVDs and will down-convert HD to SD.
the video files are MKV and MP4
how can i get toast to burn these?
MPEG streamclip can help if it doesn't. http://www.squared5.com/svideo/mpeg-streamclip-mac.html
Handbrake will convert both of those file types.
But not to MPEG-2/VOB/DVD which is what the OP requested.
but will it convert to SD?
and will it convert to a file format that will play on a dvd player?
Yes to SD, and No to DVD. THough you might be able to make a file that iDVD could accept and convert.
Your best bet is actually Toast if the files aren't accepted by Burn OS X or iDVD directly.
So use handbrake to convert then, toast to burn it to DVD and it should play on my DVD player?
Handbrake file (MOV, MPG, ??) to iDVD? I gues I was pointing to Handbrake since it may get it to a file type you can work with from an MAC OS application, Quicktime or iDVD.
Handbrake does only output to .mkv and .mp4 and only .mp4 files might be accepted by iDVD.
As Toast Titanium and Burn both have the option to burn video DVDs, they are at least worth a try, though Toast might be the better software due to a better transcoding process.
I would try to see if Toast or Burn OS X will take the original HD files, before resorting to a two step process. It should yield better a final product and require less HDD space to process.
When you use Handbrake and use MPEG-4 as the intermediate format you increase the chances of compression artifacts when you go to MPEG-2 as required for playback on any DVD player. MPEG streamclip will convert to DV, and so you will get better MPEG-2 output quality at the expense of disc space for the intermediate file.
Then say that. "Handbrake may get you to an SD file that iDVD will accept", instead of effectively "Handbrake will do that". (I fixed the typo in my response, darned iPad soft kb).