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  • 15. Re: iDVD output quality
    Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (44,485 points)

    I also use iMovie 6 and iDVD 7.

     

    There are many ways to produce slide shows using iPhoto, iMovie or iDVD and some limit the number of photos you can use (iDVD has a 99 chapter (slide) limitation).

     

    If what you want is what I want, namely to be able to use high resolution photos (even 300 dpi tiff files), to pan and zoom individual photos, use a variety of transitions, to add and edit music or commentary, place text exactly where you want it, and to end up with a DVD that looks good on both your Mac and a TV - in other words end up with and end result that does not look like an old fashioned slide show from a projector - you may be interested in how I do it. You don't have to do it my way, but the following may be food for thought!

     

    Firstly you need proper software to assemble the photos, decide on the duration of each, the transitions you want to use, and how to pan and zoom individual photos where required, and add proper titles. For this I use Photo to Movie. You can read about what it can do on their website:

     

    http://www.lqgraphics.com/software/phototomovie.php

     

    (Other users here use the alternative FotoMagico:  http://www.boinx.com/fotomagico/homevspro/ which you may prefer - I have no experience with it.)

     

    Neither of these are freeware, but are worth the investment if you are going to do a lot of slide shows. Read about them in detail, then decide which one you feel is best suited to your needs.

     

    Once you have timed and arranged and manipulated the photos to your liking in Photo to Movie, it exports the file to iMovie  as a DV stream. You can add music in Photo to Movie, but I prefer doing this in iMovie where it is easier to edit. You can now further edit the slide show in iMovie just as you would a movie, including adding other video clips, then send it to iDVD 7, or Toast,  for burning.

     

    You will be pleasantly surprised at how professional the results can be!

     

    To simply create a slide show in iDVD 7 onwards from images in iPhoto or stored in other places on your hard disk or a connected server, look here:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1089

  • 16. Re: iDVD output quality
    lubrom Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    OT,

    If I understand correctly, I can take the files from IM8 export to IM6 (or import to IM6) & then create a DVD. Will the quality be the same as if I imported directly from a camcorder? Will that eliminate the effect that Bengt Warely described as IM6 being 100% interlaced video while IM8 discards every second line? Thanks.

  • 17. Re: iDVD output quality
    lubrom Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Bengt Warleby,

    -IM6 does not let me import a HDSC card so is there a way to do so?

    -Will importing video from IM8 to IM6 avoid the interlace problem & improve the quality of the DVD or is it still going to drop every second line?

    -I normally create a disk image & then burn the DVD. Does that avoid having every 2nd line dropped?

    -I guess a summary of what I'm trying to understand is how to I get the best video quality from IM on a DVD?

  • 18. Re: iDVD output quality
    Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (19,160 points)

    -IM6 does not let me import a HDSC card so is there a way to do so?

     

    Have non to test - I only use

    • miniDV tape material = interlaced SD-Video

    • photos from .jpg or via iPhoto

    • movies stored in iPhoto (resulting quality not impressive at all - never figured out a way to keep quality from this)

     

    -Will importing video from IM8 to IM6 avoid the interlace problem & improve the quality of the DVD or is it still going to drop every second line?

     

    When You move a clip from Event's to Project's - it drops every second line

    If You go to

     

    Your Home folder / Movies / iMovie Event's

     

    and find Your Imported clip - it is still in full quality - I'm TOLD ! Never tried this

     

    -I normally create a disk image & then burn the DVD. Does that avoid having every 2nd line dropped?

     

    As far as I know it will do no difference at all - If iDVD get's 100% interlaced SD-Video - it will use this when burning or Saving as a DiskImage.

     

    The line dropping is done in iMovie'08 or 09 or 11 - Not in iMovie HD6 or iDVD.

     

    -I guess a summary of what I'm trying to understand is how to I get the best video quality from IM on a DVD?

     

    Doesn't we all

     

    Yours Bengt W

  • 19. Re: iDVD output quality
    rokalias Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Bengt .. thanx for all the info !  My situation is I am finishing a project , 26 Songs / Videos at 720 widescreen.

    Audio was recorded in Pro Tools 11 , imported .mov files , then bounced to quicktime movie .. I did use cistom settings .. BUT , unsure which settings would be best quality ?

     

    The video is good quality .. not great ..

    I want to use iDVD to burn the projects .. probably a 2 disc set.

    I would be happy if the quality was anywhere close to what I see on my iMovie Macbook Pro Screen.

    However .. like so many others .. all projects are always glitchy .. usually yerrible during transitions , cross fades , ect.

     

    I will most likely buy FCPX in the near future.

    I have used iDVD to import or iMovie to share to iDVD in the past .. always looks terrible

    considering Toast 11 .. but then lose some of the features from iDVD.

    My projects are pretty basic .. just want to at least have menus so others can browse or choose chapters.

     

    Any help would be very appreciated !!!

     

    Mac Mini 2.6 quad core i7 - 1TB 7200 RPM hard drive

    OSX 10.9.2

    8 GB Ram

    iMovie 10.0.3 (current)   *** I do also own 8.0.6 & 6.0.3  / iDVD 7.12

    iDVD  - Have not installed a version yet .. into Mac Mini

     

    I have no problem buying Quicktime Pro 7 off the Apple Store or any other products that will help prepare the final project codecs or DVD burn .. or for future projects. .. . I am on a budget so do need to watch costs .. hence not buying FCPX yet.

     

    Also looking into a new external USB3 Blueray / DVD /CD burner .. in case you recommend one in particular ?

     

    Again .. thanx for all the info you posted regarding iMove and iDVD

    oh ... and also looking at iMovie 9  (or whatever version it actually is) as I see so many posts regarding better quality since Apple has forced us into a lesser quality or less teakable quicktime with the new iMovie versions ... guess by time I spend $$ on several products .. could have bought FCPX

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