Exceeding Maximum time limit on IDVD

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by oposky2006, Feb 23, 2010.

  1. oposky2006 macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2009
    Hey guys

    Im trying to put a show i filmed for uni onto a dvd for playback on DVD players and such, however the show is 2hr 28mins and so when i try to burn the DVD i get the following error.

    "Your project exceeds the maximum content duration. To burn this project, remove some content"

    i can compress the film small enuph to go onto the dvd but in projects settings it looks as though its the time limit thats the problem not the data.

    is there anyway i can get around this and put the whole show onto a single DVD or would i be looking at doing it in 2 half's?

    any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. bearcatrp macrumors 68000

    Sep 24, 2008
    Boon Docks USA
    When you share to iDvd, open preferences and change the quality. It will let you know if you can still do it on a lower quality setting.
  3. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
  4. nancyk macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2011
    Same error on previously okay iDVD project

    Hi, I just opened an iDVD project that I successfully burned back in September. I have not touched since then. Upon opening the project, I got the "Project exceeds..." message. Here's the data:

    - total project duration: 89:19 minutes
    - total project capacity: 4.294 GB (max. available: 4.172 GB)

    - number of menus in project: 1 menus
    - total menu duration: 1:18 minutes
    - total menu capacity: 74.225 MB

    - number of slideshows (and slides) in project: 1 slideshows (1055) slides
    - total slideshow duration: 88:01 minutes
    - total slideshow capacity: 1.031 GB

    - total DVDROM capacity: 3.189 GB

    I don't quite see how 74.225 MB + 1.031 GB adds up to 4.# GB.
    This was not a problem previously. Does anyone have any clues?
  5. huntercr macrumors 65816

    Jun 6, 2006

    Sounds like a bug... did you author this in a previous version of iDVD?

    Do you have your Preferences->Projects->Encoding
    set to something other than "Best Performance" ( you should )

    I know it says it only effects new projects, but we should at least see what it does.

    If you are good with a hexeditor, it looks like the file:

    ( where "MyDVD.proj" is the name of your DVD project )

    is where the settings for Encoding method are kept. It's not like a plist where it's editable by mortals.

    I hope someone else has a better idea because I'm starting to fear you might have to re-do the DVD. Is this from an archive file or from a project file BTW?
  6. thebadboy9 macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2013
    Re: Exceeding Maximun time limit on IDVD

    Hey Hey!
    How to burn a over 2 hour dvd.
    1: Open iDVD and create a new project or open a saved one.
    2: Next, go File, Archive Project......
    3: Sit back and let it Archive. :p
    4: Save to Desktop and name it.
    5: Right click on project saved on Desktop, and press Burn (Projects name).
    6: Sit back and let it burn. :p
    7: DONE!

    Hope it helped!
    thebadboy9 :)
  7. teknoziz macrumors newbie

    Dec 23, 2014
    Limits to DVD Burning

    Thanks for the info am archiving now. My project is 2:10 long. Will that fit on a standard DVD or do I need DL-DVDs? Anyone know the actual time limit that can be recorded from iDVD to DVD or DVD-DL?

  8. ColdCase, Dec 23, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2014

    ColdCase macrumors 68030

    Feb 10, 2008
    You can put about 4.6GB of video data on a DVD. The size of your video files depends on how much compression was used to create the source files for iDVD (when you share). I routinely put 4 hours + of video on a regular DVD that looks pretty good. But I set up a custom compressor spec that drops the bit rate way down. Dunno what you are using to create the source videos that you import into iDVD to author, most app defaults are like 90 minutes max.
  9. adrielc877 macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2015

    Not sure what you were trying to accomplish with this method but simply burning an archive to a DVD is the same thing as burning any file to a DVD: it just burns the archive project file to the dvd. It's not playable media and does not even contain video files to select lol.

    Anyone have any real workarounds on burning a project under 4.6 gigs but over 120 minutes? Would be appreciated

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