6 Replies Latest reply: May 15, 2008 8:23 PM by Ruby Lu
Ian Chamandy1 Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
I have made a movie that is about 5 minutes long. All I want to do is burn it onto a DVD so that it plays like a typical DVD movie. In other words, when I insert the DVD into a computer or DVD player, it just plays.

I tried making a Quicktime movie out of it at full quality but when I burned it onto a DVD, all of the text in the titles came out badly jagged. I tried sharing it with iDVD but it wanted me to create themes and other stuff that was way more complex than I wanted.

How do I burn my movie onto a DVD so that it just starts playing on a DVD player or on a computer?

Thank you!

Powerbook G4, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • J Keller Level 4 Level 4 (2,745 points)
    It sounds like you have a burning application besides iDVD. You can skip the Export step by using the existing Quicktime version of your movie to see if that helps your titles (right click your iMovie and Show Package Contents; look in the Shared/iDVD folder and drag that Quicktime movie to the menu area of Roxio Toast or whatever you're using). Small fonts with curly elements don't work well; try a san serif font like Arial or Helvetica and make it large.

    Converting video into a format for set-top players is fairly complex work for the computer and some of that requires user decision-making. One idea is to get one of the "Missing Manual" series by David Pogue. You'll get lots of ideas and his explanations are decent. A number of people post here wanting an autoplay DVD -- iDVD can do that, but menus can add another level of enjoyment to your project.
    John
  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (31,660 points)
    Ian Chamandy1 wrote:
    .. How do I burn my movie onto a DVD so that it just starts playing on a DVD player or on a computer?


    drag'n drop iM project file from Finder into iDVD project window - done.
    drag'n drop iM project file from Finder into Toast vers≥6.1 window - done.
  • Dick Deaton Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
    All you have to do is export iMovie to iDVD when it opens ignore the Drop Zone. Go to the little button that looks like a block diagram next to the play button. A window will open and you will see a diagram the first box says drag contents here; the box you drag should be the third box in the diagram. Next press the return button and when the Title window shows; click the burn wheel to the right of the sound slider. After burning the DVD the disk will automatically play after insertion in the DVD player.

    Dick
  • Ian Chamandy1 Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
    thank you, thank you, thank you! this worked perfectly. i find iDVD to have a VERY confusing user interface. it seems like a very un-apple program.
  • Dick Deaton Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
    Great, happy that it worked out. Thanks for letting us know it makes posting worth while.

    Dick
  • Ruby Lu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you very much for your advice. I'm new to this and I have been trying this for a while with no success. Then I came across this forum. Thank you again. This is very helpful and simple to me.


    Sincerely,


    Ruby Lu