5 Replies Latest reply: Jun 24, 2012 1:32 PM by Bengt Wärleby
keraunoscopia Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

Ok, I've been hunting down chapter marker questions for an hour and absolutely cannot find an answer. So I hope someone can help me.

 

I *did* find this fantastic thread here (apple discussions) that had some good advice, but it too seems to miss the one thing I need.

 

That thread recommends that movies be edited on iMovie 6 (HD) and no later, for best video results. Fine. I have both iMovie 6 and iMovie 7 ('08).

 

Everyone says to NOT use Share -> iDVD. If I do, the picture quality will drop to zero. Ok fine. However, if I do share -> iDVD, my chapter markers are beautiful and kept.

 

I've read a lot of "share to media manager" or something, and I can't find that. Maybe that's in the newer iMovies? But I'm not supposed to use a newer one, since half a field is thrown out.

 

If I share -> Quicktime, the chapter markers are supposed to be kept. But on my word of honor, THEY ARE NOT. I open the export in quicktime, and I don't even know how to look for markers. I import the exported video into iDVD, and no chapters appear... am I supposed to tell iDVD to look for them, somehow?

 

Oh, btw, I'm using iDVD '08 (v.7).

 

Hopefully someone has an answer. If I can't do chapter markers, then fine, that'll be the only way I'll do this. But I'd love to have a super high quality video, *with* chapter markers, which just doesn't seem possible here.


MacBook Pro 17", Mac OS X (10.5.8), 2.4 GHz 2GB
  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (19,450 points)

    Hi

     

    I've read a lot of "share to media manager" or something, and I can't find that.

     

    iMovie HD6 - doesn't work like that. When editing is done (to 100% - DO NOT go back from iDVD)

     

    (If You must - Then start a brand new iDVD project when done - else You trigger the iDVD BUG and all chapters starts as Chapter one)

     

    (NO Chapter mark at very beginning or within 2 sec from it - or in any transition or within 2 sec from it)

     

    Close iMovie HD6

     

    Open iDVD

     

    Import or just drop the iMovie movie project icon (With a black Star in it) into iDVD.

     

    Done - and all Chapters are kept - as sub-menus "Chapters or Sceen selection" (or alike)

     

    Yours (just tested - and works to 100% for me) - Bengt W

  • keraunoscopia Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    Oh wow, I hadn't read that suggestion anywhere. I'll try it, thank you! (I'll get to it in a short while, I have to move my iTunes library to another drive before I start making dvds.)

     

    My one extra question, then, is: by dragging the iMovie movie project icon onto the iDVD, does this keep the quality at a very good rate? Since I'm not exporting anything, I'm going to assume it's as best as it can be (no compression).

     

    Thanks!

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (19,450 points)

    by dragging the iMovie movie project icon onto the iDVD, does this keep the quality at a very good rate?

     

    Yes - this hinders iMovie to render and let's iDVD do this - and so much better.

     

    Really the best DVD one ever can do is

    • using interlaced SD-Video (HD yield less quality and so do progressive material)

    • using iMovie HD6 or FinalCut

    • direct import without iMovie rendering - or in FC - NO QuickTime Conversion

    • minimum of 25Gb free space on Start-Up hard disk

    • I use only Verbatim DVD

    • I use DVD-R (as they play on even older DVD-players) and never +/-RW

    • Pro quality encoding if movie is > 45 minutes

    • set down Burn Speed to x2 or x4

    • Save as a DiskImage - to test that all's OK

     

    Good Luck

     

    Yours Bengt W

  • keraunoscopia Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    Thanks for all your help Bengt, also with the thread I linked to. I dragged the iMovie icon for the main movie onto the iDVD menu, which added chapters and stuff, but I had to remove the "scene selection" sub-menu since it took too much room (considering my extras).

     

    I did NOT try dragging iMovie icons for each of the extras (each of them being a video, not a slideshow) so I'm not sure if that would have worked, but I rendered those through iMovie as "Full Quality" Quicktime videos. I'm working with 17 year old VHS footage, so I wasn't too concerned about the quality for now...

     

    But for future reference, could I have just dragged more iMovie icons into iDVD?

     

    I also used Pro quality (no other choice, really, considering the length of the videos). Thanks again!!

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (19,450 points)

    could I have just dragged more iMovie icons into iDVD?

     

    if using iMovie HD6 - then YES

     

    BUT do not as I did when i thought I was clever - re-naming then (QT.mov files on desktop/finder) - as this results in Silent Movies. Audio files connected to the old name.

     

    If You want a new name - e.g. more related to content - then re-name in iDVD application in the Menu window. This will work OK.

     

    There are some limits in iDVD

    • time limit - movie + menu - and encoding quality

    • max 99 movies

    • max 99 Chapters

    • max 99 photos per SlideShow (btw - You can have 99 of those too)

     

    Yours Bengt W