1499 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Apr 20, 2008 10:50 AM by ThomasG
The limitation is with the capacity of the DVD disk. A standard disk holds up to 2 hours of video, including music, transitions, and effects. A dual layer disk, up to 4 hours, but not all burners have the capacity to burn these. Toast has a "compress to fit" feature, but you will lose quality. Your best bet is to split your project into 2 or 3 iDVD projects and burn them to separate disks. Anything 4-5 hours long is not likely to be viewed in one session anyway.
As Rich839 states you should break this project down to burn on multiple DVDs. However, It is possible to put that much video on a single DVD but it requires encoding at a lower resolution (such as 480x480) and low bit rate. This also means lower picture quality. This can be done with some MPEG encoders such as MPEG2 Works and I think ffMPEGX. Those MPEGs can be used to make a video DVD with Toast.
By the way, Toast's Fit-to-DVD feature will not fit 4 to 5 hours of video to a DVD. You have to use some other MPEG encoder such as those above which can encode at lesser resolutions.
Alternatively you could choose to make a DivX DVD that is playable on some DVD players that support DivX.