Make file size smaller?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by foreverandalway, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. foreverandalway macrumors member

    Dec 14, 2010
    I want to take a TV show series I have on my Mac and put it on DVD.

    I used xilisoft dvd creator to create a dvd menu.

    Is it possible for me to make the file size smaller so it fits on one DVD?
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Not really, unless you change the compression. But as MPEG-2 (the codec used for video on video DVDs) is not as space efficient as modern MPEG-4 codecs, you can only put up to 90 minutes on a 4.7GB DVD medium in acceptable quality.

    How big are the files you have and what format are they in and what codec do they use?
    And have you tried iDVD or Burn yet?
  3. foreverandalway thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 14, 2010
    They are 30 minute episodes[They are roughly like 174 MB each] and they are in AVI format. I'm not sure what codec they use.

    There's 17 so I wanna get them on as little DVD's as possible. I wanna try and get them on 2 DVD's if possible.
  4. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    It depends on what exactly you are trying to do.

    If you just want to back up the computer files, for playback on the computer; use a utility such as Handbrake to recompress them to be slightly smaller. Figure out how big each episode can be to fit on the number of discs you want, then target that file size.

    If you want to make Video DVDs out of them, then realistically you are limited to the standard capacities. 2-3 hours for a single-layer DVD, 4-6 hours for a dual-layer DVD (obviously, more time for higher compression/less quality.)

    iDVD can recompress the movies to fit 3.5 hours on a single dual-layer disc; Toast can fit more.
  5. yayitsezekiel macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2008
    Irvine, CA
    I would seriously check out Toast Titanium, you have a lot of control on how you can burn your DVDs. I highly recommend it.

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