7 Replies Latest reply: Feb 13, 2013 10:19 AM by Bengt Wärleby
newsguy4 Level 1 Level 1

I am trying to burn a new copy of a project I successfully burned to DVD 2 years ago.  I have not changed the source material.  After the menu renders and video encoding begins I immediately get an error message "video encoding error."  There are no menu warnings.  All video is successfully previewed.  Nothing has changed from the previous burn.  The project info box shows all video and audio properly encoded and present.

What gives?

  • newsguy4 Level 1 Level 1

    The source video is all .mov from Final Cut Pro.

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8

    Possible help here:


    iDVD: DV widescreen 16:9 workflow from Final Cut Pro




    Final Cut Express: DV widescreen 16:9 workflow for iDVD at






    Preparing your Final Cut Express or Final Cut Pro movie to work with iDVD at



  • Thomas Sokol Level 1 Level 1

    I am having the same problem...The video plays great in iDVD, no bad links, everything looks fine on my iMac...But when I try to burn the video with my attached superdrive, I get the same error! Let me know if you or someone here comes up wih a solution....

  • newsguy4 Level 1 Level 1

    Now it stops during rendering of the menu.  I was getting past that point before.

    It's quite vexing.  I followed the instructions for converting aspect ratio to the letter.  I copies the newly exported video for the buttons (which wasn't made easy) and it seemed to be progressing well... until it stopped dead and gave me an error during menue rendering.


    Worth a try however.

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6



    NO ! ---> QuickTime Conversion ! ! !


    Just save / export as a Quicktime.mov and drop this into iDVD.


    • free space on Start-Up (Mac OS) Hard Disk > 25GB for interlaced SD-video material and about 4-5 times more if HD material is used. This space can not be utilized on other devices - it must be just here on the boot drive.


    Yours Bengt W

  • newsguy4 Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks for the response B!  I'm not sure I understand however.  I'm not sure why the process I used two years ago would not work now, unless upgrades have changed the process. 


    I followed Klaus' suggestion regarding Final Cut Express, and adjusting aspect ration.  I did go through QuickTime Converstion.  Oddly, the new clip was not saved as a .mov.


    So I'm still at a loss to understand what to do next. 

    Also, how do I determine the memory availability on boot drive?





  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6

    The way from FCE or FCP has been the same for me for lot's of years since FinalCut 1.2.5 I think (was no Express or Pro then)


    And QuickTime Conversion never worked for me - I guess You were lucky two years ago.



    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)


    Just double click on the Hard Disk icon (top right on DeskTop) and read on bottom part of this windows frame e.g,

    Skärmavbild 2013-02-13 kl. 19.15.44.png

    ( in English - 1 of 14 selected, 38.24 GB FREE)



    • I use Pro Quality encoding if material (video + menu) exceeds 40 minutes ! if less I use Best Performances


    Brand and type of DVDs used

    • I use Verbatim

    • I use DVD-R


    Burn speed set

    • I set down this to x4 (or x1) - BEST IS NOT BEST at all only fastest and results in Maximum amount of BURN ERRORS !


    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