Converting video from .MP4

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    What is the recommended way/program to burn a DVD when using Lightroom to play as regular DVD on DVD player. Lightroom burns the slideshow as an .mp4 file that the DVD player does not support.
     
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    Depends on what you have, what you're willing to spend.

    Toast is a good choice, and it authors the DVD.

    Leawo makes various mac conversion software.

    Permute is in the App Store.
     
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    If a program is required to accomplish this task, it would be worth $100 to me.
     
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    Well for that much, then really it's just about finding what features you want.

    There are 2 steps in doing what you want. The first is converting the mp4 to a vob file (a specialized mpeg-2 video). The second is authoring the DVD, which sets up the disc with the special language that the DVD player understands.

    Roxio Toast is a long time Mac standard for all sorts of DVD burning. It has built in conversion abilities, so you can drop mp4's into it and it'll author playable DVD's (you can customize menus as well).

    if you have Apple's iLife with iDVD, it should be able to also convert mp4's (but not other fomats like avi, divx) and author the DVDS..it's menus are also customizable, and animated while Toast's are static). i've never been thrilled with how well iDVD does though.

    I prefer to use VisualHub to convert files to DVD vob files and then use one of the above to author in various complicated ways, but visualHub went out of production years ago and works less and less as the years go by.

    There are lots of conversion Apps in the Mac App Store...with various levels of customizability.

    I've tried Permute and various products from leawo (I think that's right) with decent results, but none give the level of control that VisualHub did, but like I said, that's a bygone product.

    Most of the conversion programs CAN output a DVD disc image that you can then burn and play, but unless it's a specific authoring program, they're going to be very bare bones.

    http://www.roxio.com/enu/store/mac.html?rTrack=m_pro_mac
    http://www.fuelcollective.com/permute
    http://www.leawo.com/
     
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    Thanks so much for your reply, you are the second to mention Roxio Toast.

    I will check that out for the conversion and authoring burning capabilities.
     
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    Thanks, but already purchased the one I mentioned above and it took about 5 mins to convert and burn my slide show from the Lightroom .mp4 format to DVD but of playback in DVD player the 4 min slideshow with audio stopped 3 times and froze. The FF button had to be used to advance the DVD a bit to resume the playback in each case.
     
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    Requested refund thru app store

    UPDATE

    This program that I reference that purchased thru the app store (DVD Creator) has been submitted for a refund.

    I have burned 2 new DVD with it using alternate settings in that program and both returned the same results while playing back in my DVD player which consists of hesitation or skipping in the audio several times during that 4 min presentation and up to 4 times freezing of the video/audio.

    Now, on the the next program.
     
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    if that program can create a disk image rather than actually burn, you can see if the problem is the program doing a poor job, or if your burner is having an issue.
     
  11. CaptMike, Apr 24, 2013
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    Thanks but brand new Asus burner and no problem before. But anything is possible.

    Also, there is no prevision with that Leawo DVD Creator to do a disk image
     
  12. CaptMike thread starter macrumors regular

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    Update

    UPDATE

    Tried the trial version of Wondershare Video Converter.

    While it is better than DVD Creator mentioned above in regards to the freezing issue that the program has for me, the Worndershare program was audio pop and freeze free although it would not start to play on it own.

    After the converted/burned DVD was inserted into the DVD player and the play button pressed, the video just sits at the first frame and the FF button need to be pressed to proceed with that video. But from that point forward it plays fine. But not good enough for me.....on to the next program to try...
     
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    Sadly, a lot of video conversion utilities are PC programs that are (poorly) ported to the Mac.

    Give the Permute trial a spin
    http://www.fuelcollective.com/permute

    The main problem I've had with it is that it doesn't let me get in to finely specify how I want something to encode, rather than actual issues with it's performance.
     
  14. CaptMike thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the info but I just cut to the chase and purchased Roxio Toast 11 and it works great.
     

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