Newbie Help

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by iansfury, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. iansfury macrumors newbie

    Aug 21, 2011
    I am honestly ignorant to digital video. Let me start with what I am trying to do...

    1. I want to take iPhone 4 video and burn it to a standard DVD-R so it will play in my Blu-Ray player.

    2. I would also like to take the same video and burn it to a standard DVD-R in standard definition to play in a standard DVD player.

    First, I am running Lion on a late 2009 Macbook Pro. I have iMovie '09 and have reinstalled iDVD. After much reading, I think I have determined that item #2 can be accomplished with the listed programs - I just don't know what I need to do or the process to do it. I have all movies already imported to iPhoto and I have the thumbnails already showing in iMovie.

    As far as item #1, after much research, what I am gathering is that Toast with the Blu-Ray plug-in is about the only way to go. The problem I am finding is that Toast 11 is getting really bad user reviews. I'd rather not throw $100+ at a program if it is not going to function properly.

    The other option I have considered is throwing the movies onto a thumb drive to play in my Oppo BD-80 player. Oppo states they support MP4 and MKV, it just needs to be in the proper "container". Again, new to this. Will Handbrake accomplish creating the proper container needed, or am I reading wrong on this? I know I won't be able to put the completed project on DVD-R, but thought this might be a workaround using a thumbdrive.

    Thanks in advance. It just seems the more I read, the deeper I get reading about things that are way over my head at this stage of the game. I just need a starting point - again thanks.
  2. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    1. Yes, if you want to produce an HD dvd, you will need something like Toast. Where have you seen bad reviews on it? Usually things like that would raise topics here, but I can't recall seeing any.

    2. Just make a Project within iMovie, and then use the Share menu to send it to iDVD. I would recommend upgrading to iMovie11. It gives you far more control over any audio tracks that you might want to add.
  3. iansfury thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 21, 2011
    Thanks for the help. I've just read some user reviews that were not that great - mainly reading that Toast 11 has degraded from 10, 10 from 9, etc.. Personally, I have not used it but it looks pretty straight forward. Anyone know if Handbrake will create proper containers for HD video to be played on a thumbdrive?


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