iDVD Question

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  1. dngonzales macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2006
    Hello everyone its been a while since i've been here
    my questions are currently ive been using iDVD 5 to burn dvd's to play on my old panasonic dvd player hooked up to my HDTV. ive been converting my files into MP4 so iDVD can read (Which does'nt take near as much time) and import them into iDVD since i am working with files over an hour long so performance is default at best quality(which i prefer anyway). But iDVD takes around 6 maybe 8 hours or longer for a standard movie and then when i play the dvd the edges are cropped. the last footage i used was at 672X368 and was cropped when i played.
    Question 1 what resolution should i use to prevent cropping? wiki says dvd resolution is 720X480 but it also says 480i is 640X480. which resolution range should i keep my videos under to prevent cropping since i dont have very many dvds to spare
    Question 2 is there any other dvd burning utilities that might be faster at making a readable dvd for most dvd players including the older ones other than iDVD and still be 1 as easy to use and 2 have as good a success rate as iDVD i being the dvd is readable when completed and not a coaster

    i like idvd very much but making a dvd is pretty much an overnight thing any help to speed up this process would be much obliged. as with anyone a free program is great but if everyone uses a program that you have to pay for and is a very good product with great reviews and will do what i am asking i would have no problem buying it

    also i heard iDVD 6 might be faster is it ? should i download this
    i thought i would have to buy ilife 06 but it looks to me that this part of it is free

    Current System Specs
    eMac 1.25 768 ram superdrive 80gb hd
    OS is current version for PPC 10.4.7
    iLife 05
    i know i cant expect this system to be a speed demon but for 400$ brand new with AP and BT it has been a wonderful system but something has got to be faster than idvd since other programs i use can convert formats of the same file in a much shorter amount of time
  2. sigamy macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2003
    NJ USA
    I'm not sure about your resolution question...

    As for iDVD speed--6 to 7 hours sounds about right for encoding 1 hour of video on your 1.25Ghz G4. I have a 1.0Ghz G4 iMac and I see similar performance. iDVD 6 may be a bit faster, but nothing too dramatic.

    What format does your video start in? I'm just wondering why you convert to MPEG4? Maybe you can save some time there...because a standard DVD has to be converted to MPEG2 anyway.

    The link you provided was just for the most recent patch to iDVD (6.0.2), for this patch to work you would need iDVD 6, which you have to purchase as part of iLife.

    As for other encoders, you should try ffmpegX and MPEG2 Works. Google for links.

    Another way to speed up iDVD is to not use motion menus or anything fancy. Good luck and report back to us.
  3. dngonzales thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2006
    well i was working with some movies that my dad gave me and it was in avi format i did purchase divx decoder a while back so my version is current but some times quicktime chokes on avi files and you get picture but no sound so i use ffmpegx to convert to mp4 and audio is solved
    but mostly from now on i will be making backups of my dvds so i can play the backup ones and keep the originals in their case i get tired of buying the same movie two or three times after my daughter gets ahold of it
    the two programs i use are MTR or handbrake and want import them into idvd
    but i didnt know if there was a faster solution or what everyone else was doing to burn to a readable dvd i seen a program called fast dvd copy but i didnt know if it was any good
    also i didnt know about how to go about using ffmpegx to make readable dvds
  4. sigamy macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2003
    NJ USA
    Ok. So you are ripping DVDs? What you want to use is MTR, DVD2One and Toast. Check out

    DVD2One will allow you to fit a dual layer DVD on a normal single layer DVD-R. You don't want to convert a ripped DVD to MPEG4.

    Use MTR to rip the contents to your HD. Then feed that VIDEO_TS folder into DVD2One and give it a new location for the output files.

    You'll end up with a new VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS folders. Drag these into a Toast project for DVD-ROM. You don't want to use iDVD because I believe iDVD will re-encode everything. You don't need to re-encode, you just need to burn so use Toast.

    This whole process should take about an hour on your G4. Well down from 6 hours.

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