iDVD speed increases with more RAM?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by RevToTheRedline, Nov 10, 2007.

  1. RevToTheRedline macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2007
    Ok obviously before I start, I know that iLife 08 well iDVD 08 however you wanna say it, has the option I don't think iLife 07 did where you can choose Professional Quality for encoding, as stated by the Apple help file this offers the best possible quality for your project but takes twice as long to encode, only choose if you aren't concerned about time. Ok bla bla so on.

    I'm making myself a bunch of DVD's that are exactly 120 minutes of video and burning on to single layer DVDs, With the Pro Quality it says its gonna take about 3 hours, with High Quality it takes about 55 minutes to an hour.

    Would upgrading to 4GB of ram from 2GB do anything for iDVD encoding times? Or is it just the amount of time it takes on a 2.8Ghz C2D?

    On the other hand, has anyone really seen a difference in quality between Pro and High Quality settings that one would wanna spend double the time encoding?
  2. kwfl macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2007
    i guess the encoding is more processor dependent, but again it wont help if u have 512MB of memory.

    upgrading to 4GB will definitely speed up your encoding and also increases system speed and stability (however, i dont know how much)

    for iDVD, 2GB is adequate (unless u are encoding 24/7)

    if u are running pro stuff like Motion, then u need 4GB.

    i upgraded my imac to 4GB and i wish i have enough time to sit with it and use motion and after effects.
  3. ScottFitz macrumors 6502a

    Nov 3, 2007
    For anyone else reading considering going from 1gb to 2gb of ram, do it. I do a lot of iDVD and iMovie stuff. Gotta say I noticed a big improvement in performance. The upgrade sticks cost $57 from Amazon (crucial memory). I noticed an increase in how quickly the movie was processed prior to burning the DVD.
  4. Father Jack macrumors 68020

    Father Jack

    Jan 1, 2007
    I'm fairly sure any increase in RAM will speed everything up.

    I not suggesting you get 4 Gb of ram, but seemingly with 4 Gb there is no data bottleneck and the processor / processors will run at full speed .. :cool:

    p.s I read that somewhere.

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