HD in imovie, poor quality when burned to disc

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by comish, Jun 26, 2010.

  1. comish macrumors newbie

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    I have a new mac and love imovie. I use a canon HF200 HD video cam and the footage looks great in imovie. When I "publish"it to the media browser and then burn a DVD in iDVD the quality drops dramaticly. What am I doing wrong ? Is there a way to improve the quality?
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    What are your settings in iMovie and iDVD and how long is the finished edit and what DVD-/+R medium are you using (Single Layer or Dual Layer)?
     
  3. Gloor macrumors 6502a

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    isn't that because DVD has completely different resolution than HD ?
     
  4. spinnerlys Guest

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    Video DVDs are in Standard Definition (SD - PAL or NTSC - 720 x 576 or 720 x 480), HD can have up to 1920 x 1080 pixel.

    But with the right conversion and settings, HD can be brought to SD, as evident with most DVD releases, as movies are still made with high resolution media (film or any other HD medium).
     
  5. comish thread starter macrumors newbie

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    better quality

    Sorry I am somewhat of a rookie in this area
    I know that the DVD will not be HD quality but I was trying to find the
    best way to maximize it.
    I didnt know iDVD had settings I will change it to professional
    which setting is the best to send to the media browser?
    I was using DVD R+
    Is there anything else i can do?
     
  6. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    What you are using to view your DVDs? Your complaint sounds like the lament of newbies who play their newly-minted DVDs in iDVD. iDVD is a DVD editor. It is not a viewer. It has a preview function who specific purpose is to aid the construction of the DVD. If you want to view your DVD, then use the MacOS X's built-in app DVD Player to play it.
     

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