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

jim354889

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Jul 12, 2007
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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?

Thanks
 

adrianblaine

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Oct 12, 2006
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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.
 

decal

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Jul 9, 2007
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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.
 

jim354889

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Jul 12, 2007
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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.
 

diamond3

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Oct 6, 2005
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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.
 

Father Jack

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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.
 

palmharbor

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Jul 31, 2007
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Calling St. Jude!

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.
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....