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imovie - dvd quality

5519 Views 18 Replies Latest reply: Jan 27, 2013 8:55 AM by Bengt Wärleby RSS
  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (18,920 points)
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    Aug 20, 2012 4:47 AM (in response to Lesalee)

    going back to imovie 06hd is a lossless format and when i output to idvd


    No there are NO Loss less format for VIDEO-DVD as they all follow Standard to be playable on standard DVD-Players and this is sort of .mpeg2 code.


    Yes You can store short .dv movies onto a DATA-DVD (for storage or sending to other editor) - but this will only play on a Computer. 1 hour of DV is about 13.5Gb so on a 4.7Gb You can store approx. 20 minutes.


    I use iMovie HD6 and iDVD'11 (7.1.2) and this is best quality I can make. (or I use FinalCut E or Pro - still best possible result I can figure out)


    In iMovie HD6 project there is

    Skärmavbild 2012-08-20 kl. 13.40.16.png

    Format: DV


    And this is the same as in my miniDV tape Camera.


    BUT on the produced DVD there is a much lower Quality ! !

    as this is sort of .mpeg2 code


    So to preserve material I do

    • Save my miniDV tapes

    • Save .dv on external hard disk

    Then I've got 100% if I ever need it again.


    Yours Bengt W

  • thesurreyfriends Level 2 Level 2 (260 points)
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    Aug 20, 2012 12:10 PM (in response to Lesalee)


    Joining this a bit late but just trying to avoid some confusion on my part.

    You mention that you have recorded on mini DV tape. Is this recording done in DV format or HDV format ? The reason I am asking is because two weeks previously you were asking about using iDVD for burning HD material in your question about producing  wedding  videos.The advice given here may depend on  which format you have recorded in.

  • bails32 Calculating status...
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    Jan 26, 2013 3:28 PM (in response to Bengt Wärleby)


    Does this mean if I import unedited events from imovie07 into FCP I will have no loss of quality? 

    Or do I need to reload all my files again off the orignal dv tape?


    Thanks in advance.

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (18,920 points)
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    Jan 27, 2013 8:55 AM (in response to bails32)

    A. I don't know - I have not tested in 100%. One get material over but if every line is there is to be investigated.


    B. As I understands it - Importing to iMovie Event's is said to keep 100% - but when moving to Project the every second line is lost - due to ability to keep speed in the editing process.


    Yours Bengt W

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