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quickest movie maker

352 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Jan 21, 2013 12:06 PM by AppleMan1958 RSS
MikeOR Calculating status...
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Jan 21, 2013 6:46 AM

I am finding iMovie takes a very long time to prepare a project and then creating a playable DVD using iDVD also takes quite a time.  I have a large number of home movies I am trying to creat from tape, (approx 80), and each one takes about 6-8 hours in total.  This includes converting the initial files as iMovie does not recognise them, (which is a pain in itself), then I create the event and projects, finalise , (or share), then creat DVD using iDVD.  This is an absolute pain.  Is there any good, reliable and proven products out there that can do all of this with good quality and faster?



  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,465 points)
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    Jan 21, 2013 7:39 AM (in response to MikeOR)

    MikeOR wrote:

    …   and faster?



    but you can decrease processing time dramatically by following this workflow:

    • when project is done and ready for transfer to iDVD, choose

    share/export using quicktime/quicktime/options/compressor/ …

    • in the following dialog select from drop-down AppleIntermediateCodec

    • keep the other options untouched .....


    => this creates a 'clone' of the internal timeline of iMovie = super-fast, super-large (harddrive space shouldn't be no issue with movie making)


    drag  the resulting file (14-40GBs/h!) into iDVD

    iDVD does encode from such an intermediate much faster than from the usual exports iMovie creates  ....


    last hint:

    keep always at last 20-40GBs free on internal drive!

    iDVD needs tons of free diskspace for 'breathing' (= hidden interim files)

    the smaller this free space the slower any app, esp. iDVD

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,465 points)
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    Jan 21, 2013 11:42 AM (in response to MikeOR)

    MikeOR wrote:

    …  I do not need to finalise the project


    just export following the above mentioned process.

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Jan 21, 2013 12:06 PM (in response to MikeOR)

    Just to expand on Karsten's answer, you do not have to finalize. Finalize is like sharing in all possible sizes. If you are making a DVD, you really only need one size, and it will be quicker to create only the one you need.

    If it is footage from an analog camera, sharing in Medium (640x480) is probably sufficient. You may also want to try Large (960x540) to see how it looks. Pick the one that looks best, and just share at that size according to Karsten's instructions.


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