New User to iDVD - HELP please!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by sonictonic, Aug 10, 2007.

  1. sonictonic macrumors 6502a

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    Hi Guys,

    I've got 3 videos of a TV show, total size for all 3 is 1.24GB... but for some reason iDVD is' allowing me to make a DVD with all 3 videos on a 4.7GB DVD-R disc! WHY?! I'm frustrated. How on earth can 1.24GB be inflated that horribly when making a DVD of the 3 files?

    What should I do? Or what am I doing wrong?

    Thanks in advance!

    :)
     
  2. steamboat26 macrumors 65816

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    Just for starters- how long is each tv show?
    For burning (except data dvds) the number of minutes it can hold takes some precedence over the size in gigabytes.
     
  3. StealthRider macrumors 65816

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    Is 1.24GB the file size before putting the files in iDVD? Because iDVD will put them in MPEG-2 format for burning to disc, rather than the H.264 MPEG-4 you probably have on the original files.
     
  4. sonictonic thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    hey guys thanks for replying. :)

    yeah each tv show is about 45 minutes...

    ...and they are in mpeg4 h.264 format.

    Originally they were on the web as AVI's and I converted them with iSquint for my Apple TV and iPhone. Can I convert them in a way that iDVD won't have to re-encode like I think you're talking about?

    I just don't get how 3 videos 1.24GB in size total can be so heavily inflated. :(
     
  5. sonictonic thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I can't believe I just learned this. Well, hey not only am I new to iDVD but kinda new to burning DVD's too. :eek:

    IS there any way to get more than 120mins on a DVD that will play in most DVD set top players?

    Thanks. :)
     

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