iMovie HD and iDVD help

steamboat26

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I'm surprising my parents with DVDs of all the videos they took of me and my siblings as kids, but I have run into some problems. First of all, when I record them using eyetv software, I then have to convert it to a .mov, so it is readable by iDVD and iMovie. Is there anyway to record these as .movs? Then, when I import the .mov clip (which is around 1 GB) it takes 3 hours to load in iMovie! Anyway to speed this up? Also, given that these are giant (2+ hour clips) how can I edit out unwanted scenes? iMovie help only tells me to delete clips I don't want, but if it is all one clip, then how can I edit out the sections I don't want? Finally, I just need to now how many hours of movies can fit onto a DVD; I have 10, 2 hour videos to create, can I fit at least a couple on one DVD?
Sorry for all the questions, I'm just really confused...
Thanks in advance for any help.
 

gauchogolfer

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To edit out the scenes you don't want, use the split clip at playhead feature.
Position the playhead where you want the first break, and hit command-T (I think, better check the menu). Then, place it at the end of the break, and hit command-T again. You can then remove the shorter clip as you like, or move it around, etc.

I'm not much help on the importing stuff, as all I ever work with if DV from my camcorder.
 

steamboat26

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Another question- when i am exporting the recordings from eyetv, should i export them as h.264 or mpeg4 or quicktime format?