How to burn 2.5 hour MP4 movie to DVD

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by msbmom, Nov 14, 2013.

  1. msbmom macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2013
    I transferred a 2.5 hour movie from VHS to mp4 format. I created a new project for it in iMovie, edited it, and am trying to share it with iDVD.

    Because it is so large i am using a dual layer DVD+R. I set my iDVD preferences to Professional Quality and dual layer DVD. iDVD has been encoding the mp4 file for almost 24 hours. I understand that Professional Quality takes longer, but is this normal? If not would someone please explain what I should do to transfer the mp4 file to DVD.

    Thanks for any help you can offer!
  2. martinX macrumors 6502a


    Aug 11, 2009
    About 2 hours video duration is iDVD's maximum for a single layer disc, and 4 hours for a dual layer.

    "Professional Quality" uses multipass encoding and takes forever (as you have found). Try "High Quality" - it can handle up to 4 hours (dual-layer) and is only single pass encoding.

    Personally I like Toast for simple dump'n'burn jobs. For VHS transfers, I like DVD recorders even more :D

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