New User to iDVD - HELP please!

sonictonic

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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!

:)
 

steamboat26

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May 25, 2006
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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.
 

StealthRider

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Here and there!
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.
 

sonictonic

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Mar 25, 2006
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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. :(
 

sonictonic

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Mar 25, 2006
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Central Coast, California
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.
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. :)