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Exporting MiniDV (SD) Projects to hard drive from iMOVIE & then use them to burn DVDs

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I am trying to export all my MiniDv files I have already uploaded to iMovie creating multiple projects. I wanted to export the best quality movie possible that is also great for burning DVDs. I have been using h.264, but haven't much success. Should I be using mpeg4 (h.264) or Quicktime (h.264)?  Also, the bite rates have been throwing me off as well. I have tried 5000 kbits/sec and that was so so. I went down from there to 3000 to 2000 and it got worse. I am currently trying out 20,000 kbits/sec as we speak. I also selected CD/DVD-RAM in the export settings over Download & Stream. Not sure if that makes much of a difference?


Most of the MiniDV tapes are standard SD (4:3), but a few are SD wide screen.


I would love to get a master setting to use, so I am not worrying if the quility of the export will come out ok!


I have 50, so time is an essence. This can take me a long time to get through all the tapes.


**** I am NOT using these export files to edit. Just to view



iMovie '11, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4), HELP WITH EXPORTING IMOVIE
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)

    Two thoughts...

    1) For best results with an iMovie Project, use SHARE/TO MEDIA BROWSER in Large size. THen in iDVD, find the project in the Media Browser.  You could also SHARE/EXPORT MOVIE in Large size to a location on your hard disk and import to iDVD from there.


    You can also use SHARE/EXPORT USING QUICKTIME and fiddle with the parameters. In my experience, you are unlikely to find a set of parameters that will give you better quality than Apple's presets. However, if your objective is to create a smaller file, you can find settings that will produce almost the same quality for a lower file size.


    2) Are you really just using Event Clips in iDVD without any editing in your iMovie Project? In that case, I would suggest that you use the Media Browser in iDVD to navigate to your EVENT. That way, iDVD will have access to the raw DV clips with no transcoding at all.

  • thesurreyfriends Level 2 Level 2 (260 points)

    Just to be clear on this.(Yes I know that AppleMan has already asked this question above)

    Are you just wanting to transfer what is on your Tape onto DVD without adding any Titles, transitions etc etc?

    In other words when you watch the DVD you want it to be identical to watching the MiniDV tape with nothing added or removed or adjusted ?

    If this IS the case then try this.


    Via Finder navigate to the required iMovie Event Folder.

    In this folder you should see either --- " iMovie Movie Cache"  OR " iMovie Cache"  OR  both.

    Now in these folders you should see " Cache - 25 .mov " or  " " respectively.


    Open iDVD and drag either one of these in.

    If you want to put more than one Event on the DVD then drag the other or from the other Events in.

    Select in iDVD Preferences  > Projects > Encoding = Professional Quality for up to 2 hours video including menu on single sided .


    This will be much better than exporting to h.264 and quicker.

    Also I don't think that the Single Field Processing "debate " comes into this workflow, could be wrong????

  • thesurreyfriends Level 2 Level 2 (260 points)

    You could try to Merge ,say ,4 Events together and use the Cache 25 .mov file from the new merged Event.

    I believe the clips get ordered by Date.

    To merge Events you drag one on top of the other in the Event Library.

    Don't forget the max 2 hours on a single sided disk.

    I dont think you have to create a Project to do any of this, just the Event.


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