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Simplest Way to Burn DVD from iMovie '09

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Steve M. Level 5 Level 5 (4,740 points)
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Mar 6, 2011 10:56 PM
I'm experienced with Macs but new to iMovie. I was helping my son with a school project today. He imported and edited video in iMovie wonderfully and had never done it before. On the other hand, I was having a bit of trouble finding the easiest way to burn the completed movie to a DVD. I figured I needed to use iDVD (is this the only way?) and I did this finally after having a bit of confusion with a couple of steps. What's the very simplest way to burn a DVD of a work created in iMovie? All the editing and creative work has been done and all I need to do is burn a DVD of it that will be playable in a standard DVD player--ha, ha--or at least most standard DVD players!

I also had some confusion with the naming of the project in iMovie and the renaming of it to export and the renaming of the iDVD job. I suppose I also need to read up on the basics of iMovie and iDVD. Oh, and I really got confused when my son had to go back into iMovie and make some additional edits and he asked me if he needed to simply do a save of the edits or if he needed to save it as a whole new project. After having done the edits and just doing a save (I think??) it was then confusing to send the new edits into iDVD (the original version was already there) because the name of the project seemed to keep reading the old name (in spite of efforts to change it). It finally worked and I got the DVD burned but I'm left with a confused picture of how it all should work.

Thanks for any advice!

Steve M.
iMac 21.5 inch, 3.06 GHz, 4GB RAM, 1TB HD, Mac OS X (10.6.4), OWC Mercury Elite 1 TB HD (FW/USB), APC UPS
  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (18,920 points)
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    Mar 7, 2011 4:23 AM (in response to Steve M.)

    There are more than one thing to this.

    A. iMovie'08 or 09 or 11 - are not tool of choise when result is a DVD !
    They all discard every second line resulting in a quality LOSS

    Tools to use are
    • iMovie up to HD6
    • FinalCut any version

    B. If quality is of no interest then - One is supposed to Publich Master piece to Media Browser
    first then in iDVD collect it from Media Browser in this.
    I never use Share/Export to iDVD - in previous versions result was terribly
    and later versions not allways working.

    Yours Bengt W
    G3/G4 Blue white,PBG4,dG5, OS X.3.9 + QT6.5.2 and OS X.4.11 + QT 7.3.1
  • Rich Rydalch Level 2 Level 2 (290 points)
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    Mar 7, 2011 4:17 PM (in response to Steve M.)
    Hi Steve;
    Hope this will help.
    iMovie HD is quite different than the newer versions of iMovie.
    I use both and as mentioned, for DVD the HD version is best. But most people would not even notice the difference.
    You said, "naming of the project in iMovie and the renaming"
    Once you make changes to the project in iM9 it should warn you that it will need to be re-published. Usually a second project in iM9 is not needed. When you re-publish it will automatically update in the Media Browser and be ready to pull into iDVD to burn a new DVD. The saving process in iM9 is automatic vs in iM HD you must save for the file to be updated (important so you don't loose work if it crashes).
    The only problem with iM9 vs iM HD is that in iM9 it takes quite a while to re-published while in iM HD there is no publishing involved.
    You said, "confusing to send the new edits into iDVD"
    As Bengt mentioned the best way is through Media Browser then pulled into iDVD.
    The problem I have had is that when you then open the iDVD file it asks if you want to update the movie. And often if you have made any chapter breaks they get confused and do not work. So I usually create a new iDVD project and name it the same as the old one thus replacing the old one so I don't have 2 of the same thing.
    iM9 is much quicker to create movies in and handles transitions and many other things differently. So unless you are ready to learn a new program you may want to stay with iM9. I use iM HD when I am creating an very long move. I find iM9 gets really slow when making a 20 to 30 minute long movie.
    Lastly, there are a lot of other ways to share your movie in this day of electronics. There is a way to get to the m4v file in the Media Browser (If you are interested in that you can find lots of instructions on this discussions board). Then you can share to iTunes and get the file from there (usually found in the Movies folder>iMovie Sharing folder>iTunes folder). Then the file can me put on a jump drive (or wherever) and transported to another computer or sent by e-mail.
    Good luck, Rich
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Rich Rydalch Level 2 Level 2 (290 points)
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    Mar 7, 2011 11:53 PM (in response to Steve M.)
    You said, "I'm still not exactly sure where Media Browser resides"
    I have had this same question.
    I think I figured out that in your current OS the Media Browser is not an actual location but only a Mac method of locating files and directing them to various software like iDVD.
    When you publish to the Media Browser the file(s) is actually inside the project in it's hidden "Package Contents" files. You may have noticed you can share several sizes of a movie to the Media Browser.
    Yes, iMovie HD is actually version 6. Completely different software.
    iDVD (and other DVD software like Toast etc.) is just for burning movies to a DVD disc with menus, themes and music in the themes. You can make chapter breaks in iDVD but they don't work all that well. Chapters are much better done in iMovie.
    Yes, the m4v files can be used most everywhere. And the quality will be much better if your original clips were High Def. A DVD cannot hold the HD quality so all HD is reduced to SD when you burn. The only thing to be aware of when making m4v files would be the size (both view size and file size).
    If you are interested check out one of my movies and note the 2 size selections at the bottom:
    MacBook Pro & iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
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    Apr 7, 2011 9:58 PM (in response to Steve M.)
    I had a similar question regarding the difficulty of making a DVD from an iMovie HD "project". It's seems incredible to me that this is such a convoluted incomprehensible task.
    I have a 5 min movie, just two clips I put together in iMovie HD, but it seems like it's impossible to make a simple DVD from this without using all the menu's, chapters, weird backgrounds and other stuff in iDVD...... and basically staring the whole project over again!
    Is there any other software anyone can recommend to do this with?
    Thanks for any help!
    Mac Book, Mac Pro 2.6, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • Ziatron Level 4 Level 4 (3,255 points)
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    Apr 7, 2011 10:32 PM (in response to Rich Rydalch)
    I use both and as mentioned, for DVD the HD version is best. But most people would not even notice the difference.

    I think it is easy to notice the difference.

    I am using a high-end Mac Pro, (running Snow Leopard) Taiyo Yuden DVD+Rs (and a few DVD-Rs), and displaying the result using several DVD players and several televisions including a Pioneer Elite Kuro PRO-151FD Plasma TV.

    The iMovie 09 videos were slightly, (but definitely noticeable) more grainy. iMovie 09 gave me more noticeable combing artifacts than did iMovie 06.

    I use and LIKE both iMovie 09 and iMovie 06, but for making DVDs iMovie 06 always looks better to me. (FCE will also give you full quality but is a lot harder to use.)


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