9 Replies Latest reply: May 8, 2012 6:03 PM by Chacha04
Zulko Level 1 Level 1

Like it says in the title...My iDvd will not burn a disc...there is an encoding error that comes up after the title screen.

Here is the process that I have been doing.


1. put in a blank disk and with the project already being done, i hit burn (not too hard).

2. iDvd then starts to encode the title.

3. After the title has been encoded, the burning stops and a message comes up saying "there was an error during encoding" and when ever I try to burn the same message keeps on coming up.


I am running version 7.0.4


any help would be extremely helpful

iDVD '08, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10
    Photos for Mac

    Try using this workflow:

    Once you have the project as you want it save it as a disk image via the  File ➙ Save as Disk Image  menu option.  This will separate the encoding process from the burn process. 


    To check the encoding mount the disk image and launch DVD Player and play it.  If it plays OK with DVD Player the encoding was good.


    Then burn to disk with Disk Utility or Toast at the slowest speed available (2x-4x) to assure the best burn quality.  Always use top quality media:  Verbatim, Maxell or Taiyo Yuden DVD-R are the most recommended in these forums.

    Then you can concentrate on the content if you can't create a disk image of the project.


    Read these posts by Bengt Wärleby. One of them may have helpful info:


    I'm trying to burn an iMovie in iDVD...: Apple Support Communities


    I am using idvd and i keep getting the...: Apple Support Communities


    encoding video error: Apple Support Communities




  • Zulko Level 1 Level 1

    ok so I tried that and still the encoding message comes up...so its something with iDvd. I can burn a disk off of finder just fine but I need iDvd to work as well, its more organized

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10
    Photos for Mac

    It must be something associated with the media being used. 

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6

    Hi OT


    Accidentally I stumbled over a to me un-known bug in iDVD.

    On the Menu - I clicked on the third button under it and silenced the Audio


    Bild 2.pngright most one - and then silence the small audio icon that unfolds under the menu


    and it reported the - problem with Save as a DiskImage - as above.


    Yours Bengt W

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10
    Photos for Mac



    I tried to duplicate that.  Here's what I did:


    1 - Clicked on the far right button under the menu.

    2 - Checked the info window to see if the volume was set to off (it wasn't)


    3 - Set the motion to play and the music played.

    4 - Saved the project as a disk image and played it. Menu music was still there.


    Was this the correct workflow for trying to duplicate that  bug?

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6

    Old Toad - It's so hard to be exact in describing - Sorry - New try.


    I start a New iDVD project


    Select old Theme - Global


    Add a SlideShow button


    Change it to not view any photos - just title


    Change title from SlideShow to a blank space = to get a sort of Easter egg function


    To this I add 1 photo


    Then I click on the third button


    Bild 1.png

    Here I see a small speaker -


    I click on it and - Silence

    Bild 2.png

    Now the Globe rotate but in silence


    Now I - Save as a DiskImage - and NOT WORKING.


    If Audio was left - Then OK


    or if Audio was changed to an .aiff (with 7 sec Silence) - still OK


    Yours (hopefully detailed enough) Bengt W

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10
    Photos for Mac

    Got it!  Was able to reproduce the error message you mentioned. 


    If I remove the audio track from the menu's audio bin and create a disk image there is no error message. 


    So the conditions for the bug are:


    1 - an audio track in the menu audio bin.

    2 - the sound turned off via the audio bin button in this bin:


  • Zulko Level 1 Level 1

    After trying all that...still no luck

  • Chacha04 Level 1 Level 1



    I was experiencing the same problem as you described, in order to solve it I had to use a different theme (Chapters instead of Revolution) and eliminate the soundtrack from the menu screen. Doing this allowed me to save my project as a Disc image and then burned it using toast.


    I hope this works for you.....