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export from FCE to iDVD, results in black border around movie

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Simon S Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)
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Mar 25, 2013 11:09 AM

Here is the problem....


I have edited a movie in FCE where all of the footage is 1440 x 1080


I export it using: File -> Export... QuickTime movie

I choose "self contained" movie and "audio/video", plus "chapter markers" in the pop up menu.


I then take this into iDVD amd all looks ok in the preview, but once burnt to DVD, there is a large black border around the entire movie.  It is almost like it is a smaller movie which does not fill the screen correctly.


Any idea why this happens and how to overcome this. When I lok at the exported movie from FCE- it is 720-x576 and not the full size- is this the problem?


Thanks for any tips.

MacBook Air, OS X Mountain Lion, 8GB RAM
  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (18,950 points)



    Is it widescreen ?


    Did You in Your browser window set sequence and material to anamorphous. To me it was a revelation that the Browser window was exstendably to the right with lot's of columns - and one of them was Anamorphous.


    Did you start a WideScreen project in iDVD - First window that opens after You clicked Start a New iDVD project (top button). At bottom this new window You set 4:3 (SD format) or 16:9 for WideScreen.

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    In iDVD You also need to go up to Project and down to Projectinfo

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    then set 16:9 here TOOO !

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    Proportion - Change it to 16:9


    When I go from FinalCut to iDVD - I do



    FCE/P to iDVD


    Several things

    • How to go from FCE/P to iDVD

    • Free space on Start-up hard disk

    • Encoding

    • Brand and type of DVDs used

    • Burn speed set

    • iDVD BUG

    • Chapters


    How to go from FCE/P to iDVD I do

    • Disable Screen and Energy saver

    • IMPORTANT --> FIRST in FinalCut - Mix Down Audio under Sequence Menu / Render Only / Mix-down

    • Export out as a QuickTime .mov file

    • Select with Mark - Chapter Mark

    • Not as Self-Contained (not important but saves time and space)



    This file I import into iDVD from within iDVD.


    Free space on Start-up hard disk

    I set a minimum of 25GB (for Mac OS and iDVDs temp files)



    • I use Pro Quality encoding


    Brand and type of DVDs used ( Important as cheap brands DO NOT WORK )

    • I use Verbatim

    • I use DVD-R


    Burn speed set (IMPORTANT)

    • I set down this to x4 (or x1)


    iDVD BUG

    • One can not go back to movie-project for any alterations and then go back to

    the iDVD project. It will notice and ask You to either Up-date or Cancel. Neither

    of them will work.

    Medicine - Start a brand new iDVD project.


    Use of Chapters

    • I only use a to z and 0 to 9 in naming them. NO other symbol/letter !

    • NO Chapter-mark at very beginning - iDVD NEEDS TO set this by it self

    • No Chapter marks in or within two seconds from a transition

    (Way around this last one - Export movie as QT full quality and NO Chapter marks

    Import this into a new Movie-project and now You are free to set C-Ms where You want

    them except at very beginning - still)


    Material used to build movie

    • video - I use streamingDV (or convert all other to this e.g. .mp4, .avi, .wmv etc)

    • audio - I use .aiff 16-bit 48kHz or from Audio-CD (44.1kHz) - no .mp3 or direct from iTunes

    • photos - I use .jpg - no .bmp etc


    Problems - then Trash iDVD pref. file and run Repair Permissions - and have a re-try.


    from post ??

    May not be relevant, but I had the same problem with iDVD, where burned DVDs showed a green screen. It was cured by quitting Quicksilver and Quickeys as well as disabling sleep and screen-saving


    Yours Bengt W

  • MartinR Level 6 Level 6 (14,565 points)

    my FCE project is currently "DV PAL 48kHz"


    This is most likely why you are getting these results.   DV PAL is a standard def 4:3 frame size, not 16:9 widescreen.  When you put your 1920x1080 clips into a DV PAL sequence, FCE conforms the clips to the DV PAL sequence settings.


    Double-check your actual sequence settings.  Control-click your sequence in the FCE Browser.  Select Item Properties.  What does it say for frame size, compressor & vid rate?  Do the same with one or more of your clips.


    Do your sequence & clip properties match?


    What was the original source of your clips?  (eg exact make & model camcorder).

  • Alchroma Level 6 Level 6 (16,910 points)

    You will have to change the Sequence setting in the FCE Easy Setups to HDV-AIC 1440 x 1080i50.

    Only Newly created Sequences are effected not existing ones for the changes to apply.


    This advice assumes you shot in HDV and the camera is outputting in HDV.






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