8 Replies Latest reply: Feb 4, 2013 3:21 PM by Klaus1
TSlabaugh Level 1 (0 points)

I'm in the last stages of making a video for a high school play.  The video looks and sounds good in its format (Quicktime Large 540p, 960x540, H.264 codec), but when I preview it in iDVD '11 the footage has gotten darker.  Why is this?  Will it remain this dark when I burn it to DVD?  Will the brightness vary on what the DVD will be viewed on?  Is there anything I can do to fix this if re-editing isn't an option for me at this point?  I'd appreciate any input.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,388 points)

    I don't have any specifics for you but here are some general good practice tips:


    It's best to use export the video out of iMovie or iPhoto at Large or Medium Size. That saves iDVD from having to down size it during encoding even further.







    If coming from iMovie use the Share to Media Browser rather than Share to iDVD. Share to iDVD is less desireable that Share to Media Browser.


    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.



  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 (19,450 points)

    Hi Old Toad


    Isn't it so that there might be something as color-spaces (or alike)


    If I understood it right - material recorded with ProDV ??? ( ProRes ? )  (4.2.2) has another color space than that one used by iMovie and if photo is used and in anything but .jpg it also might be affected.


    I know that my .bmp photos got severely RED - but after conversion to .jpg they worked OK.


    Just thinking


    Yours Bengt W

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,388 points)

    I'm only famiilar with color profiles in still photos. For iPhoto books Adobe RGB color profiles make the prints too dark and muddy and when printed with an inkjet printer.   But when used in a QT movie slideshow slideshow I don't know if the color profile would be a factor. 





    What color profile do the still photos have?

  • TSlabaugh Level 1 (0 points)

    Um I don't know how to answer that seeing as I'm not using any photos with this project. And just to clarify, I edited the video on Final Cut Pro X and exported it to its present format with Compressor 4.

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,388 points)

    My error.  Saw the 960 x 540 and immediately thought image. 

  • Klaus1 Level 8 (47,755 points)

    Some thing here may help:


    Preparing your Final Cut Express or Final Cut Pro movie to work with iDVD at http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=iDVD/7.0/en/6652.html

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 (19,450 points)

    Hi Klaus1


    Strange link - I don't see the right page !


    my thoughts about going from FCE/P to iDVD


    FCE/P to iDVD


    Several things

    • How to go from FCE/P to iDVD

    • Free space on Start-up hard disk

    • Encoding

    • Brand and type of DVDs used

    • Burn speed set

    • iDVD BUG

    • Chapters


    How to go from FCE/P to iDVD I do

    • Disable Screen and Energy saver

    • IMPORTANT --> FIRST in FinalCut - Mix Down Audio under Sequence Menu / Render Only / Mix-down

    • Export out as a QuickTime .mov file

    • Select with Mark - Chapter Mark

    • Not as Self-Contained (not important but saves time and space)



    This QT.mov file I import into iDVD from within iDVD.


    Free space on Start-up hard disk

    I set a minimum of 25GB (for Mac OS and iDVDs temp files)



    • I use Pro Quality encoding


    Brand and type of DVDs used

    • I use Verbatim

    • I use DVD-R


    Burn speed set

    • I set down this to x4 (or x1)


    iDVD BUG

    • One can not go back to movie-project for any alterations and then go back to

    the iDVD project. It will notice and ask You to either Up-date or Cancel. Neither

    of them will work.

    Medicine - Start a brand new iDVD project.


    Use of Chapters

    • I only use a to z and 0 to 9 in naming them. NO other symbol/letter !

    • NO Chapter-mark at very beginning - iDVD NEEDS TO set this by it self

    • No Chapter marks in or within two seconds from a transition

    (Way around this last one - Export movie as QT full quality and NO Chapter marks

    Import this into a new Movie-project and now You are free to set C-Ms where You want

    them except at very beginning - still)


    Material used to build movie

    • video - I use streamingDV (or convert all other to this e.g. .mp4, .avi, .wmv etc)

    • audio - I use .aiff 16-bit 48kHz or from Audio-CD (44.1kHz) - no .mp3 or direct from iTunes

    • photos - I use .jpg - no .bmp etc


    Trash iDVD pref. file and run Repair Permissions - and have a re-try.


    from post ??

    May not be relevant, but I had the same problem with iDVD, where burned DVDs showed a green screen. It was cured by quitting Quicksilver and Quickeys as well as disabling sleep and screen-saving


    Yours Bengt W

  • Klaus1 Level 8 (47,755 points)

    You are right Bengt, that article has been removed - but then of course they also withdrew FCE!