My imovie is too big to burn.....

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by jim354889, Jul 12, 2007.

  1. jim354889 macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2007
    I am finishing up a movie I've made using DV tapes imported to imovie as
    well as digital photos using the Ken Burns effect, titles, music, etc. It is
    about an hour long, and I guess the photos really made this thing big,
    close to 30GB, way too much to burn on a 4.7 Gig DVD.

    Does anyone know if I can compress it somehow or what my options may be?

  2. adrianblaine macrumors 65816


    Oct 12, 2006
    Pasadena, CA
    The DV video is uncompressed. When you send it to iDVD, it will render the video for use on a DVD. I just finished a 36 GB iMovie and after sending it to iDVD, it ended up being just over 3 GB. You should be fine.
  3. decal macrumors member


    Jul 9, 2007
    Preston Vic, Australia
    Another option after you have made the DVD to reduce some space is to export it as .mov in H.264 at 640 x 480 or if you have producted it in 16:9 640 x 360.

    My brother gave me a DVD with a 3.6gb .mov on it and after doing the above it is now 130.5mb in size and will still play full screen without any pixelization.

    So I can show other family and friends with out thinking about how much HD space it is taking up.
  4. jim354889 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2007
    My imovie project is too big to burn

    Thanks for the replies. However, when I launch idvd, the dialog box says
    the project is too big (it is over 33GB), and will not burn at best performance.
    It directs me to preferences and to reduce the performance in order to burn.
    I am stuck.
  5. diamond3 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2005
    In the project info, change it from Best performance to best quality and that should do the trick. Also, remember to save as disc image.
  6. Father Jack macrumors 68020

    Father Jack

    Jan 1, 2007
    If you are going to make 1 hour movies from time to time and want the best quality, it might be worth buying an external dual layer burner. (they are not all that expensive) or replace your existing DVD burner.
  7. palmharbor macrumors 6502

    Jul 31, 2007
    Calling St. Jude!

    Father, St. Jude is all that is required. When Apple upgraded to iDVD 6,
    they produced a product that only produces error messages. It just doesn't work. Since upgrading my iMac to 6, I have not been able to make one
    DVD...not one.
    St. Jude, glorious Apostle, faithful servant and friend of Jesus....

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