Quality loss with iMovie 08?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Supra James, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. Supra James macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2007
    To make a DVD from DV footage in the past I've used iMovie 6 for the editing, then I seem to recall being able to drop the finished movie (still in DV format) into iDVD and the encoding is then done by iDVD.

    Now, with iMovie '08, which I like because it's easy to knock together my holiday footage (I'm no Pro!) it seems to be a two step encode - I have to finish my editing, then export the movie as an mp4 stream (using Sharing - Media Browser - Large) which takes ages. Then bringing into iDVD means another transcode to DVD format.

    Does this two step encode also mean I'm losing quality?

    Is there any way I can skip the first encode? It seems rather pointless :(

    Cheers :)
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    There is no such thing as "DVD format." DVDs use MPEG-2 as their format.
  3. Supra James thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2007
    OK, thanks for the correction, but the rest of my query still stands :)
  4. decksnap macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2003
    According to this screenshot, you can select iMovie source projects directly through the media browser in iDVD. I do not have iMovie '08 to test it, but this might be the answer.

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  5. Supra James thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2007
    You can only select a source project in this way if it's already been exported / encoded from iMovie 08 into an .m4v stream, so the two step encode is still needed - it's built into the workflow :(
  6. decksnap macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2003
    That's ^&$ lame. There had better be a way because I can't imagine anybody would care to go through this process. Why have I not heard of this before? Does nobody make DVDs of their home movies?
  7. lkhbkbmhtt Guest

    Apr 12, 2008
    Horrible truth

    How disappointing. I also found no other way. What is the point of the so-called "integrated" Media Browser if I have to transcode all the stuff anyway? :mad:

    Did anybody contact Apple and/or found a discussion on one of their official forums about this?

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