2 Replies Latest reply: Nov 29, 2012 11:43 PM by Bengt Wärleby
commandpost Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Will idvd automatically compress the file to fit on a DVD?

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (47,335 points)

    What format is your 17GB movie, and how was it created?


    Also important: how long is the movie?

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



    Will idvd automatically compress the file to fit on a DVD?


    Yes that's what it's there for.


    But as Klaus1 writes - Video-Codec is important - and -

    open movie in QuickTime-player - then open inspector [cmd+I] and read

    Video format : nnnnnnnnnnnnnn

    Frames per second : yyyyyyyyyyy


    What do they read ?


    I write - GBs of no importance to iDVD - ONLY TIME/Duration as this is the limiting factor in iDVD


    I have

    • 50 Gb movies that fit's nicely

    • 500 MB movies that are too LARGE

    Looks crazy Yes but the 50Gb is less than one hour and the 500Mb is >2 hours


    iDVD 08, 09 & 11 has three levels of qualities. (version 7.0.1, 7,0.4 & 7.1.1) and iDVD 6 has the two last ones


    • Professional Quality

    (movies + menus up to 120 min.) - BEST (but not always for short movies e.g. up to 45 minutes in total)


    • Best Performances

    (movies + menus less than 60 min.) - High quality on final DVD (Can be best for short movies)


    • High Quality (in iDVD08 or 09) / Best Quality (in iDVD6)

    (movies + menus up to 120 min.) - slightly lower quality than above


    Menu can take 15 minutes or even more - I use a very simple one with no audio or animation like ”Brushed Metal” in old Themes.


    About double on DL DVDs.


    Yours Bengt W