Follow this workflow to help ensure the best quality final product:
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.
If you can mount and play the disk image version successfully with DVD Player then the prolbem lies stricly in the burn process. If not then there could be some encoding/multiplexing issues.
I have the right amount of space available on the project; less than 4.7Gb
iDVD - Doesn't Care about GBs - AT ALL ! !
I've movies on 500MB that DO NOT FIT and movies on 50GB that fit's nicely !
It only cares about TIME
TIME = Movie duration + MENU Duration (and this can be 15 minutes or even more)
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.
BUT GBs matters in another regard !
• Free Space on Start-Up (Mac OS) - MUST be 25GB or more ! and free space on other hard disks doesn't matter as this space CAN NOT be addressed elsewhere but must be just here on the Boot Drive !
Yours Bengt W