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Jan 27, 2013 1:15 PM

My wife returned from a family reunion with almost 5 hours of video. She wants to share the video with her 5 siblings. Their preferred media is DVD. Any ideas on how to get all of this video on multiple DVDs?  My initial thought is to create shorter iMovie projects based on date or special events, and then burn as many as possible to each DVD as separate movies. But, if it's done that way, is there any way to link the DVDs? Any better ideas? Thanks. Haven't used iMovie or iDVD in years.

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  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,300 points)
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    Jan 27, 2013 2:56 PM (in response to n2thinair)

    I hesitate to ask, but is her footage so good that it does not require any editing (which would shorten it somewhat)?


    A single layer DVD holds up to a maximum of 120 minutes including titles, transtions etc. A dual-layer DVD twice that. Your idea of a series of shorter movies is the best solution, and should fit on two or max three DVDs.


    The application Roxio Toast (not free) has a 'burn to fit' option for videos longer than the prescribed maximum length, but there would be a degree of quality loss.

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,450 points)
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    Jan 27, 2013 9:18 PM (in response to n2thinair)

    n2thinair wrote:

    … My desire was to do some serious editing, but, they prefer all of the "raw" footage, warts and all. …

    cheat your wife (this has a different meaning in English, right? )


    this family reunion HAS some 'sorting scheme' - day1, day2, day3 .... or speaches, performances, party … or mommy, daddy, grandchildren ... or ....


    split the 5h into groups - even more than 5 disks, create 8, or 10, or a dozen! in use, you can slide-in the DVD 'kiddies' to show how lil' cousin performs her cute ballet-dance with her dog, or the DVD 'Uncle Sam' with his endless hand-made poem about family-values , ...  (or whatever happened on that party).


    5h is half a day! nobody watches this continously.


    and on each DVD I would add a 8min supercut with the best scenes of these family-reunion.-

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,450 points)
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    Jan 28, 2013 7:51 AM (in response to n2thinair)

    you can edit short previews of what to come, add to a 'page' in the DVD menu, and, when using iDVD, you can add a text-box, cmd-K (red arrow)  'on Disk VIII' .... a.s.o.


    reunion dvd.jpg



    a disk fits about an 1h of quality video.- so, on each disk 5-10 preview movies plus the extended, uncut version of such a section ...


    => finally, you DO edit the 5h down to a handful of minutes!

    plus, for the brave souls, the 'raw', spread across some disks.


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