6 Replies Latest reply: Dec 25, 2009 12:58 PM by Chalgy
Chalgy Level 1 (15 points)
Hi -

First of all, I am totally ignorant to iDVD and video in general. I did some research for my question but can't seem to find a straight answer anywhere. I'm in a heck of a bind with my bosses boss who needs me to burn a 227 MB .mov file to a DVD that can be played on any ol DVD player. I don't need or want any fancy menus or anything. I just need to burn this file to a DVD and have it loop. Or not, I really don't need to have it loop if that is difficult. Can someone please help me with this? I'm running iDVD 7.0.3 on a 20" white iMac (2.16 GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo, 1 GB 667 MHZ DDR2 SDRAM, system software 10.5.6). Thank you in advance!!


iMac 2.16 GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo, 1 GB 667 MHZ DDR2 SDRAM, Mac OS X (10.5.6), iPhone 8 GB
  • Chalgy Level 1 (15 points)
    Okay, so while I am waiting for someone to save me, I have been monkeying around with iDVD and my .mov file. I created a menu with a play button and I dropped the movie in. I clicked "burn" and it asked me to insert a DVD, which I did. It then starts to "Encoding menu video asset..." which it says will take 6 minutes. After about 4 minutes it all stops and an error comes up that reads, "Error during rendering/encoding. There was an error during rendering/encoding of the menus/slideshows. The burning process has been canceled."

    Any ideas what I am doing wrong? Thank you!
  • Beverly Maneatis Level 5 (7,150 points)
    Well, you need to know what format the footage is actually in. The .mov refers to a container, but the video footage could be in a number of different formats. You will probably get a successful burn quickly by converting it to .dv format, which is easy for iDVD to use. You can convert the .mov file to .dv using the free MPEGStreamclip http://www.squared5.com/ .
    Then, just drag the .dv file into iDVD's autoplay box in Map view. You can use any theme when iDVD opens, because you will not be using a theme since you will be autoplaying the movie.

    *Step by Step:*

    Download and install MPEG Streamclip. Open it. Drag the .mov file onto it and select under File, 'Export to DV' and select a location. I usually put it on the desktop so I can see it.
    Once the file has been converted open iDVD. If you want a particular theme, select it, drag your .dv movie onto the main iDVD screen, being sure to avoid putting it into a drop zone, and skip the next few steps about autoplaying.
    Look at the little icon boxes under the main window. There is one that looks like connected boxes.
    Click on that. The first box has text that says "Drag content here to automatically play when disk is inserted"
    That is where you should drop in your .dv movie if you want it to begin playing when the DVD disk is inserted, without using a theme menu.
    Then, 'save' your project.
    If you want it to loop, go to the 'Advanced' tab and then select 'loop movie.'
    NOTE: If you want to be sure the project is ok before burning the actual DVD disk, go to File->Save as Disk Image.This process looks like a burn, and takes just as long, but the end result is a disk image file, not a burned DVD disk. You can mount the disk image and play it on your computer with DVD player. If it plays correctly, your DVD disks will burn correctly. Disk image files are self-contained, so if it is ok, you can safely delete the movie footage used in the iDVD project because it is encoded into the disk image file. Disk image files can be used for burning DVD disks, using Disk Utility (Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility) and they can be saved as backups so that you can always burn another DVD disk of the iDVD project without having to save the project files.

    If you create a disk image file, use it to burn the disk.
    If not, just select 'burn' in iDVD. Either way, select a burn speed of 4x or slower. You make that selection in iDVD preferences, under 'Advanced' using the dropdown menu bar. In Disk Utility, the option is on the main window.
    Be sure to use a quality brand DVD disk such as Verbatim, Maxell or Taio Yuden. Sony is ok, too.
    Wait patiently.
    Retrieve your burned DVD disk!

    Please post back if this is not clear or if anything does not work for you.
  • digimagery Level 1 (0 points)
    This should solve your problem:

    1. Launch iDVD.
    2. Go to File / One Step DVD from movie... from the menu bar
    3. Navigate to your .mov file
    4. Insert a DVD into your SuperDrive, and it will write your slideshow to disk
    5. When the DVD pops out, insert it into the regular DVD player
    connected to your TV and enjoy.
  • Magic Marker Level 1 (0 points)
    This is exactly what I needed! Thanks for posting up. I'm making a video for work and I didn't want the menu screen and the video automatically loops.
  • LynnLU Level 1 (5 points)
  • Chalgy Level 1 (15 points)
    Thank you everyone!!