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Convert .cdr to iDVD

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Anne Giansiracusa Level 1 Level 1 (100 points)
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Dec 30, 2012 3:57 PM

I've *searched the forums* and see a lot of discussions relating to this, tried what was suggested but still can't figure it out. I have a .cdr file that I made using DiskUtility. It's fine. Works great. But it's a long, instructional movie and I want to create "bookmarks", i.e., to be able to jump to the various sections. I assumed I could use iDVD and insert chapters but for the life of me, I can't figure out how to get from the .cdr to a format that can be understood by iDVD. I saw one discussion that said I could just open the .cdr file from iMovie using File/Import from Camera but the only thing that comes up is the built-in camera on the iMac. I assume I have to convert the .cdr to something else first? I'm running Mac OS X, 10.6.8, iDVD 7.1.2 and iMovie 8.0.6. And yes, I am well aware I am not running latest and greatest software. I have valid reasons for not upgrading to new OS right now. Hope someone has an idea.

iPhone 4S, iOS 5.1.1
  • J Keller Level 4 Level 4 (2,685 points)
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    Jan 2, 2013 8:36 PM (in response to Anne Giansiracusa)

    Good evening, Anne.


    Please advise whether I understand your dilemma -- you've created a disc image of an instructional movie using Apple's DiskUtility (the disk image is .cdr format).  You would like to add chapters so users can jump to a section of interest.


    The most precise way of adding chapter markers with Apple's iLife software is back during the video editing process when you were creating the instructional movie.  iMovie has the option to specify where you'd like chapter markers and iDVD will import those chapter markers and add their titles to a sub-menu so users can navigate your DVD.


    It is also possible to convert the video files from your disk image into a format for editing, but this will involve some loss in quality because the video files in a disk image are compressed, and I don't know of any software which will add chapter markers recognized by iDVD without uncompressing the video to add the markers and then recompressing the video to go onto a DVD.  To convert disk images into editable files, I use MPEG Streamclip along with Apple's MPEG plug-in; others have used DVDxDV.  Here's related info on that process:




  • Cliveems Calculating status...
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    Jan 18, 2013 7:35 AM (in response to Anne Giansiracusa)

    I would suggest that you try an app called Video Converter Ultimate.


    Drag the video file into the program.

    You should be able to then import into iMovie using FILE/IMPORT MOVIE.


    Yes I am also using it to burn the movie file to DVD.


    I'm simply dragging the video file into it and then it converts it before burning.


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