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3rd Party DVD burner to Create HD Quality Slideshows

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kruezr Calculating status...
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May 28, 2012 8:21 AM

From what I read, the DVD burner and iDVD  that comes with the iMAC is incapable of burning HD quaIity slide shows.  Is there a way to get HD quality slideshows using my iMAC but utilizing a HD qualitiy burner?  If so, what is a good HD DVD o purchase?



  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (18,920 points)
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    May 28, 2012 10:43 AM (in response to kruezr)



    If so, what is a good HD DVD o purchase?


    On what do You intend to play the HD DVD ?


    No standard DVD-Player can playback HD-DVD only a few very rare Toshiba player were made to be able to use this very rare format.


    All DVDs from Hollywood or iDVD - is same and only interlaced SD-Video - It's DVD Standard.


    The quality on Your DVD depends on several things.

    • file format (video codec) delivered to iDVD

    • video editor used to create this Export file

    • way it was sent to iDVD

    • brand of DVD used

    • type of DVD used

    • burn speed on DVD-burner


    An if You persist on HD-Quality then You need to do a Blu-Ray disk one way or another.


    To do this You can use Your Mac and it's DVD-burner for very short BD-DVDs - BUT

    • Standard Macs can not play these - nor Blu-Ray Disks

    • You need a BD-Player as a PlayStation 3 to view them

    • You need Roxio Toast™ 11 Pro incl. BD-component to make them

    • a DVD can hold about 20-30 minutes in BD-quality

    • and a Blu-Ray-burner and disks - If You want full Blu-Ray Disks with several hours of material.


    Still I create my SlideShows in FinalCut and burn them with iDVD and get a very good result


    iMovie'08 to 11 - can not deliver 100% interlaced SD-Video over to iDVD but discard every second line resulting in severe quality loss


    Sharing to iDVD - from any iMovie versions also results in severe quality loss.




    iMovie'08 to 11 - I "Share to Media Browser" and as LARGE (Not HD or other resolution as this too degrade the quality)


    iMovie HD6 - Just import movie icon into iDVD - best possibly result


    FCE/P - Export as QuickTime movie - NO QUICKTIME CONVERSION ! - and not self contained (not important but saves time)


    just some thoughts


    Yours Bengt W

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,060 points)
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    May 28, 2012 5:48 PM (in response to kruezr)

    You can buy Roxio Toast which also offers a BluRay plugin (separately I believe) so you can burn high quality on a regular DVD, but you will only get about 25 minutes on a regular DVD. I purchased it originally and did several tests with different settings of the same 60 sec. movie. I could not see a difference on  my 720p HDTV using the plugin. I generally use Canons (one shoots in 720p, the other in 1080p), use iMovie HD (old version 6) because it is the only version that processed lossless; for good quality slide shows, I use Photo to Movie because I do not care for the Ken Burns effect (zoom in/out) in either iPhoto or iMovie. When I am done with either/both, I create a new project in iDVD, add a customized theme (layering 3 - 5 video layers for special effects in FCE), my movie(s) and slidwshow(s), "burn" the finished project to a Video_TS folder, and then burn with Toast on either the internal or my external burner. The Video_TS folder is then copied to an external drive for safekeeping/future burns.

  • Lkris Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    @ Bengt Do you know if I can just drop my mts files straight into iDVD? My iMac doesn't come with iDVD wondering if I should buy it.

  • Lkris Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 12, 2012 7:57 PM (in response to babowa)

    @babowa (I could not see a difference on  my 720p HDTV using the plugin.) Do you mean you couldn't see any difference between the DVD version and the blu ray disc?

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,060 points)
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    Jun 12, 2012 8:22 PM (in response to Lkris)

    i don't know if the current plug in is different, but when I tried it, you used regular DVDs not Bluray. Using just the plugin, I could not really see a difference. I am farsighted though which means I sit farther away from the screen than others which also makes a difference with how much detail you see I think? In any case, they looked about the same to me.


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