How did you export the file from iMovie to iDVD?
If you used the direct method (Share > iDVD) then you will get better results by first exporting Share > Media Browser.
The file will be avavilable in iDVD when you click on the Media button at the bottom right corner.
In iDVD Preferences > Projects, change your Encoding to Professional Quality.
And finally in iDVD > Preferences > Advanced, slow your burn speed down to x4.
If you are burning multiple copies, save your project as a Disc Image - File > Save as Disc Image...
Then right click on the Disc Image, select Open with Disk Utility, highlight the image and click on Burn.
You will be prompted to insert a disk and after that, select x4 as your burn speed.
Far more efficient and quicker way of burning multiple copies.
Hope that may be of help.
thank you for the detailed suggestion. I made a .mov file of the IMovie file. Tried a couple of different ways of importing it into IDVD and all copies had pixilated type, especially on the round edges of the letters. So, after getting your suggestion, I opened the IMovie file to try to follow your directions and for some reason, even though the IMovie file is sitting on my desk top as an IMovie file, when I open it, I get a blank IMovie screen as if it is waiting for a new project. Not sure why it just doesnt open back up to my edited version of the project. Any suggestions there? Or suggestions in taking the .mov file of my project and taking that through IDVD to make copies that are not pixilated? Again thanks for your help!
Since I no longer have the I-movie file and only have the .mov file. I cannot follow the directions above in an attempt to burn dvd's of my slide show. I have tried to follow the above directions and still although my original .mov file looks great on the computer, when I go through I-dvd to burn a copy, the type remains very pixilated, especially the rounded portions of the letters. So, how can I take a .mov file and burn it to a dvd so that it will look as clean as the .mov file looks on my Mac Book Pro?
Thanks for the suggestion. Yes. I did try going into IDVD preferences and changing it to professional quality and slowing down the burn speed to 4x but still the type is really pixilated, mostly on the round portions of the letters. I just dont understand it. The .mov file on my MAC looks great. but completely unacceptable when burned to a dvd. I heard so many good things about IMovie and IDVD so this poor result really surprises me. So, do you have any other suggestions? I greatly appreciate your help!
The Quicktime video format (.mov) is a container format and the video inside can be in other formats. If you load the .mov into Quicktime Player and look at the movie properties, what does it show for the video track format? and what does it show for the size of the movie (in pixels)?
I'm asking because DVDs must be compressed and formatted in a standard mpeg-2 format. If your video is in H.264 (for example), it already is compressed, but looks great when it is played. To go to DVD, however, iDVD has to uncompress and recompress into mpeg-2, which typically means a loss of quality.
Okay. Loaded the .mov into quick time... here is the info that comes up...
FORMAT: DVCPRO50, 720 x 480 (853 x 480) millions
16-bit integer (Little Endian), Stereo (LR), 4,100kHz
Data Size: 2.13 GB
Date Rate: 58.89 Mbit/s
Current Size: 853 x 480 pixels (Actual)
I believe when I made the slide show in IMovie, I selected HD and a high screen resolution.
Does this info help at all?
Also, I just noticed that I have another version that I have labeled "1080p.mov".
The specifications on this one say...
Format: H.264, 1920 x 1080, millions AAC 2 channels, 44100Hz
Data Size: 691.4 MB
Data Rate: 19.14 Mbit/s
Current Size: 1280 x 720 pixels
This one appears to be of a higher resolution.
The info helps explain what's happening -- the 1080p version is widescreen (16:9 aspect ratio) and physically large (1920 pixels wide and 1080 pixels tall), and much more compressed than the DVCPRO50 version (the 1080p file is less than half the size even though it's more than twice the screen space). So, iDVD would have a difficult time crushing that down into the standard DVD video dimensions.
The DVCPRO50 version is also widescreen, so you want to be sure your iDVD preference is set to 16:9 aspect ratio (if not, start a new project and re-import).
iDVD also has to crush this version to make it fit the standard 720x480 format, but not as much as the 1080p version. Text can particularly suffer when video dimensions are altered.
Is your iMovie version gone or just won't open?
I'd be inclined to experiment with a copy of the DVCPRO50 version. Try the free MPEG Streamclip to see if it can resize the video to 720x480 before bringing it into a 16:9 iDVD project. Next try using Streamclip to convert the format to DV (DV Stream or .dv) to see if that format change makes iDVD happier.