iDVD and Hard Drive Space

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by matt.bauer, Jan 26, 2004.

  1. matt.bauer macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2004
    St. Louis
    I am in the market for a new PB with the SuperDrive and I am looking forward to using iDVD for the first time.

    My question is how much HD space will I need to fill a DVDs. I would mostly be compiling collections of short home movies (10-20min max) onto a single DVD.

    To do this do I have to have enough space on my HD for a 2 hour DV stream? What is the ratio DV stream to HD space?

    I know I should get as large a hard drive as possible but I am limitied by budget and I already need to get other extras like RAM and Airport Card.

    Thanks for the help.
  2. evil_santa macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2003
    London, England
    disk space

    I think its about 13gb per hour for DV, i dont know if idvd burns the mpeg2/vob files stright to dvd or if they are put on to your System disk first. If it does encode them to HD that will be another 2Gb per hour you will need. The first dvd i made ( dvd studio ) I ended up using about 40 Gb of disk space with all the DV files ,mpeg2 & vob files.
  3. johnnyjibbs macrumors 68030


    Sep 18, 2003
    London, UK
    Yeah, you need 5GB for the encoded files plus the 13GB/hour for the actual DV files but they could always be stored on an external hard drive.

    Get as big a HD as you can - get the RAM later. I didn't regret getting 80GB, even though it really was pushing my budget enough as it was.

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