Hi everyone, I am currently converting my analog 8mm videos (i.e. wedding, honeymoon) to dv via my minidv camcorder. I capture and edit in Final Cut 5 and then export a quicktime movie(not self-contained) and let iDVD to the compressing. However, this has been encoding for 4+ hours and I don't know if this is the fastest or best quality way to do it. My questions are? 1) how long should a 2hr quicktime movie exported out of FCP take to burn in iDVD? 2) would Toast work faster or have better compression? 3) would exporting a quicktime using H.264 compression out of FCP be any faster or look better? 4) should 2hrs of raw dv footage be 25+GB? If not, what could I be doing wrong during capturing? Since I am started with bad analog footage to begin with I don't want to make it worse by using the wrong compression so quality is definitely more important than time. Thanks everyone for your help in advance. I use a 17" 1.9 GHz iMac G5 (is this dual core...it's a year old??) with 1.5 GB DDR2 SDRAM with 160 GB HD and 250 GB external Lacie drive.