3 Replies Latest reply: Feb 12, 2013 10:50 AM by Bengt Wärleby
ngleason Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I put together a 96 minute movie in iMovie '09, then exported it to iDVD 7.1.2. It's telling me that my 96 minute movie is 5.25 GB, when the front of my blank DVDs say that 120 minutes is 4.7 GB. I realize that the DVD doesn't dictate how the computer treats files, but what can I do to get my 96 minute movie to fit on a 120 miniute DVD?

MacBook (13-inch Mid 2010), Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (131,485 points)

    iDVD does not care about the size of the movie file.  It's the playing time that's important.  With a 96 minute movie you can burn you iDVD project to a single layer DVD disk using either the High Quality or Professional Quality encoding setting in the iDVD/Projects preference pane or the Project info window:



    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.



  • ngleason Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    For some reason I chose "best performance" thinking that somehow the modifyer "best" would choose the "best" choice for my movie to fit on the disc. Silly silly me. Thanks for pointing out the obvious for me, I tend to miss it a lot.

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





    BEST - Usually is NOT in Apple lingo.


    BEST burn speed = Fastest Burn speed = Maximum amounts of Burn Errors (I use x2 or x4 MAX)


    BEST DVD Quality = Lowest one if video + menu is close to maximum lenght (I only use Pro Quality if > 45minutes)


    and so on - Apple has a severe problem with Language as well in naming it's products


    iMovie 1 to HD6 - Has nothing in common with iMovie'08 to 11 - at all


    FinalCut Express/Pro - are far far from - FinalCut Pro X (better or worse - I don't know)


    Yours Bengt W