macrumors newbie
Original poster
Nov 15, 2011
I recently illustrated my children's book using Adobe Illustrator CS4. I inserted jpegs of thos images into the final InDesign CS4 file. These pages were saved as hi-res jpegs to insert into iMovie. I added transitions and voice-over in iMovie. Beautiful results.
Problem is that I want to burn this movie to DVD as the final product. I need to create one hi-res master on DVD. I have tried using the SHARING menu in iMovie to export the file. What I end up with is very blurry, poor quality. I have tried what seems like a bizillion different option combinations. Anyone know the right formula to use?
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macrumors member
Oct 15, 2011
Never share directly to DVD from iMovie. Always export to a Quicktime File first that is in standard definition. Your problem is likely because you are going from HD footage to SD. There is a massive size difference between the two formats. You need to check your video in SD, to see if your illustrations need larger text or thicker lines. Fine detail will be completely lost in SD. SD on a DVD is 720x480 anamorphic for NTSC and 720x576 anamorphic for PAL.


macrumors 68020
Jun 26, 2002
DVD = 720x480 pixels
High Resolution JPEG = anywhere from 1500x1500 pixels to whatever.
Ive done work like this for static artists.
Only way to show off work is to use a Motion Design software (used After Effects) and did the Ken Burns pan with zoom here and there.
DVD resolution is bunk and to date even HD isnt cutting it.
Waiting for the 4k future ;)
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