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Best options for exporting a sequence and making a DVD

1395 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Jun 28, 2012 2:04 PM by HilaryKane RSS
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I have a sequence that is 79 minutes long with the following properties:


Vid Rate - 29.97 fps

Frame Size - 1440 x 1080

Compressor - Apple Int. Codec


Pixel Aspect - HD (1440x1080)



This project began with the intention of being a short video, which is my background, and I can usually deal with exporting issues for short videos. However, it is no longer a small project. This was unexpected, and I frequently find myself in over my head. I am at the point where I need to give small theaters copies to view for consideration for a real screening, and would like to ask the folks here some questions:


How would you export this sequence for viewing on a DVD? Export through QuickTime Movie (not conversion)? Wouldn't that make a file too large to create a DVD with iDVD? DVD is only SD, yes? How is that (watching on a DVD) taken care of, if at a later time I would want a DVD of this sequence to be in the best quality possible?


This is a lot of questions, and I hope not too vague. Thank you for your time, and thanks in advance for any help.

  • David Harbsmeier Level 7 Level 7 (29,580 points)

    This thread may help:


    Yes, DVD is standard definition only.  With the right software and hardware, you could create a Blu-ray disc, which would allow you HD content to remain HD.



  • David Harbsmeier Level 7 Level 7 (29,580 points)

    The file size isn't the issue - it's the duration of your movie.  79 minutes should fit just fine on a single layer DVD disc (DVD-5).  In FCP, go to File->Export->QuickTime Movie.  Do NOT use QuickTime Conversion.


    You can make the movie self-contained or a reference movie.  Use the resulting file in iDVD.



  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (18,950 points)



    My notes on this

    FCE/P to iDVD


    Several things

    • How to go from FCE/P to iDVD

    • Free space on Start-up hard disk

    • Encoding

    • Brand and type of DVDs used

    • Burn speed set

    • iDVD BUG

    • Chapters


    How to go from FCE/P to iDVD I do

    • Disable Screen and Energy saver

    • IMPORTANT --> FIRST in FinalCut - Mix Down Audio under Sequence Menu / Render Only / Mix-down

    • Export out as a QuickTime .mov file

    • Select with Mark - Chapter Mark

    • Not as Self-Contained (not important but saves time and space)



    This file I import into iDVD from within iDVD.


    Free space on Start-up hard disk

    I set a minimum of 25GB (for Mac OS and iDVDs temp files)



    • I use Pro Quality encoding


    Brand and type of DVDs used

    • I use Verbatim

    • I use DVD-R (plays on more even older DVD-players)


    Burn speed set

    • I set down this to x4 (or x1)


    iDVD BUG

    • One can not go back to movie-project for any alterations and then go back to

    the iDVD project. It will notice and ask You to either Up-date or Cancel. Neither

    of them will work.

    Medicine - Start a brand new iDVD project.


    Use of Chapters

    • I only use a to z and 0 to 9 in naming them. NO other symbol/letter !

    • NO Chapter-mark at very beginning - iDVD NEEDS TO set this by it self

    • No Chapter marks in or within two seconds from a transition

    (Way around this last one - Export movie as QT full quality and NO Chapter marks

    Import this into a new Movie-project and now You are free to set C-Ms where You want

    them except at very beginning - still)


    Material used to build movie

    • video - I use streamingDV (or convert all other to this e.g. .mp4, .avi, .wmv etc)

    • audio - I use .aiff 16-bit 48kHz or from Audio-CD (44.1kHz) - no .mp3 or direct from iTunes

    • photos - I use .jpg - no .bmp etc


    If problems:

    Trash iDVD pref. file and run Repair Permissions - and have a re-try.


    from post ??

    May not be relevant, but I had the same problem with iDVD, where burned DVDs showed a green screen. It was cured by quitting Quicksilver and Quickeys as well as disabling sleep and screen-saving


    Yours Bengt W

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (18,950 points)

    When I start a new FCE/P project I use Easy Set-Up and select as material and project is supposed to be.


    What kind of Easy Set-Up project did You use ?


    What kind of Video Codec is Your material


    What kind of Audio file format, kHz and bit depth is used ?


    Any thing else specific to Your project ?


    Yours Bengt W

  • HilaryKane Calculating status...



    I did evthing I could

    on your list.


    Sure enough, the

    conversion time

    (QT, not QTC)

    was quick and easy...


    however, the quality

    was lower than when

    I converted using QTC...


    What does this mean?

    "This file I import into iDVD from within iDVD"


    thx, Hil


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