Currently Being ModeratedMay 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
Currently Being ModeratedMay 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.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 12, 2012 7:49 PM (in response to Bengt Wärleby)
@ 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.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 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?
Currently Being ModeratedJun 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.