How long should it take to burn a dvd?

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  1. Krispy162 macrumors regular

    Krispy162

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    I've got a Mac Mini
    1.83ghz core duo
    1gb memory

    What is the approx. time it should take to burn a dvd? So far it's been going for like 10 hours? The movie is about 2.5 hours? Just wanted to see if this was normal or not....

    Thanks
     
  2. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601

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    What is the program that you are using to burn the DVD?
     
  3. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    If you're burning a video file to DVD-video format, it'll take some time to convert. It shouldn't take that long, though. As themoonisdown09 says, it does depend on what burning app you use.

    If you're just burning to watch in a DVD player, many players support DivX and/or Xvid playback, which is the easy way to go and will also allow you to pack more movies onto a disk.
     
  4. Krispy162 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Toast 9
    its an mp4 file
     
  5. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601

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    Well... when i've burned some home movies using Toast 8, it hasn't taken near that long. I also don't have the same computer you do. I used a 15" Macbook Pro with a 2.16 GHz Core Duo processor and 2 GB of RAM.

    I do know that Toast will encode your entire movie and then burn it to the DVD, but 10 hours seems long.
     
  6. timestoby macrumors 6502

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    ive ript a non encrypted dvd with toast which took about 45-60 mins and then i changed them video_ts video files to 1 900mb file and that took an hour.
     
  7. i.shaun macrumors 6502a

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    my DVDs take between 2 and 4 hours in Visual Hub.

    It shows a progress bar at first, and rushes through within half hour to an hour. Step one complete. Then it "creates disc structure" which takes forever, and then Created DVD structure, or Authoring, which takes more time.


    I like Visual Hub because it creates a good .ISO DVD Image. I can burn the ISO to a data DVD, and keep it for later use. If I ever need to burn the DVD again, I can copy the ISO image, burn it in disk utility, and I'm done. No re-encoding to do.
     
  8. izzo macrumors member

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    I really like that as well but for some reason I set it to make an ntsc disk and it keeps making it pal formatted. Any idea?
     
  9. i.shaun macrumors 6502a

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    I would say either:

    A: you live in a Place that is not Located in North America, or Japan. Or,

    B: The media you're burning is PAL formatted, causing it to use PAL as the default.


    Other then that, I don't know why it would be switching defaults on you. I'd say contact the developers however they have discontinued VisualHub, and probably AudioHub as well. I can't really mess with mine to see how to fix it because I don't have that problem with my DVD.

    My DVD problems consist of Handbrake making movies where the audio cuts out repeatedly throughout the film. I have searched high and low for the solution but have never come across it. I know I'm not alone in it, but apparently it's not a direct program-related problem as some people get it, and others ripping the same disc don't. Maybe I should try another super drive out.
     
  10. izzo macrumors member

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    Can an AVI be formmated in PAL? is so I guess that could be the problem. After it makes the ISO, is there a way to check if its pal or ntsc?

    I live in N America.
     
  11. i.shaun macrumors 6502a

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    I'm positive AVI can be PAL. Some even have a mix of NTSC and PAL in them, which is weird, but I remember by Nero Burning software on my PC asking me sometimes if I want it all to be PAL or not. The reason for it (according to nero) was that the majority of it was formatted for PAL.


    I'd "get info" on the AVI first, or open quicktime and get the information from the "movie inspector" window. I'm not sure how to check an ISO for formatting, or if it can even be done.
     
  12. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    PAL or NTFS doesnt matter, AVI doesnt differentiate between them, if you live in an NTFS country then its going to burn in that default.
     
  13. cantthinkofone macrumors 65816

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    toast takes forever for me as well. i've given up on burning dvds movies with it.

    i stick with MTR,HB, and then the finder to burn the file to a disk for storage.
     
  14. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    That's ripping. The OP is going the other way.

    You can just rip directly from the disk with Handbrake. That's twice as fast.

    You mean NTSC? NTFS is something different. ;)
     
  15. i.shaun macrumors 6502a

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    No no, haven't you heard of NTFS Video? They're only for windows. haha
     
  16. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    No no, Macs can play NTFS video, but they can't encode it.
     
  17. Solemony macrumors 6502

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    I think it depends...for me I have an iMac G5 and I use iDVD to burn some of my movies which takes around 5 hours to complete one burn...
     

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