Exporting to iDVD from FCE

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Josephkyles, Sep 30, 2007.

  1. Josephkyles macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2006
    What is the best way to export a movie from FCE to iDVD without losing any quality. Also, my video is widescreen, and standard definition.
  2. tcgjeukens macrumors regular


    May 16, 2007
    Esbeek, the Netherlands

    The exporting options of FCE are greater than the importing options of iDVD (from a quality perspective).
    Open de help of iDVD en search for import formats.

    The best option for iDVD is DV (PAL or NTSC).
    Your FCE output will be 30Mbiit/s.
    iDVD will "compress" this into the proper VOB files.
    Note: with iDVD you have no control on the "compression" process, so try to use DV as input to iDVD.

    If you want control on this process, use big-brother FCS2, the combination of Compressor and DVD SP.

  3. huntercr macrumors 65816

    Jun 6, 2006
    First, make sure you have your chapter markers where you want them ( see below if you don't know how ).
    Then, Render the whole movie.
    Go to File-> Export -> Quicktime Movie
    ( not "Using Quicktime Conversion )

    Select "Include Audio and Video"
    Select "Markers: Chapert Markers"
    Make sure "make movie self contained" is checked
    ( you actually *can* leave this unchecked, but I have experienced many bugs over the years when importing to iDVD, YMMV )

    Open iDVD and select the appropriate project type ( in your case 16:9 )
    Then drag the exported MOV file into the content target window in iDVD, and you're done. It will autocreate the chapter links for you. All you have to do is place them and rename them where you want them.

    Here's how to create iDVD compatible chapter markers:


    I may have missed a step there on the iDVD side, but once you get the file exported, you should be good for iDVD!
    Good luck!

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