3 Replies Latest reply: Mar 9, 2013 12:18 AM by Bengt Wärleby
mizzougirl81 Level 1 (0 points)

I am trying to burn DVD with a 50 minute video.  I repeatedly get the message that the content is to long.  What am I doing wrong??

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • Klaus1 Level 8 (47,755 points)

    Is this using iDVD?


    iDVD encoding settings:




    Short version:


    Best Performance is for videos of up to 60 minutes


    Best Quality is for videos of up to 120 minutes


    Professional Quality is also for up to 120 minutes but even higher quality (and takes much longer)


    That was for single-layer DVDs. Double these numbers for dual-layer DVDs.


    Professional Quality: The Professional Quality option uses advanced two-pass technology to encode your video (The first pass determines which parts of the movie can be given greater compresson without quality loss and which parts can’t.  The second pass then encodes those different parts accordingly) , resulting in the best quality of video possible on your burned DVD. You can select this option regardless of your project’s duration (up to 2 hours of video for a single-layer disc and 4 hours for a double-layer disc). Because Professional Quality encoding is time-consuming (requiring about twice as much time to encode a project as the High Quality option, for example) choose it only if you are not concerned about the time taken.


    In both cases the maximum length includes titles, transitions and effects etc. Allow about 15 minutes for these.


    You can use the amount of video in your project as a rough determination of which method to choose. If your project has an hour or less of video (for a single-layer disc), choose Best Performance. If it has between 1 and 2 hours of video (for a single-layer disc), choose High Quality. If you want the best possible encoding quality for projects that are up to 2 hours (for a single-layer disc), choose Professional Quality. This option takes about twice as long as the High Quality option, so select it only if time is not an issue for you.

    Use the Capacity meter in the Project Info window (choose Project > Project Info) to determine how many minutes of video your project contains.

    NOTE: With the Best Performance setting, you can turn background encoding off by choosing Advanced > “Encode in Background.” The checkmark is removed to show it’s no longer selected. Turning off background encoding can help performance if your system seems sluggish.


    And whilst checking these settings in iDVD Preferences, make sure that the settings for NTSC/PAL and DV/DV Widescreen are also what you want.



  • mizzougirl81 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, I am using iDVD.  I have "best performance" selected, and it seems to make no difference.  Still the same message.

    I have many hours of VHS and 8mm film to convert to video, and given how much time I have spent on the first effort, I am about to throw in the towel.  I thought the software was to be user friendly, but so far not so much!

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 (19,450 points)



    Duration in time - is not just the Movie


    It is - Movie time + Menu time.


    Elaborate Menus with animations and Audio can well exceed 15 minutes. Resulting in a to big total


    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.


    I always use - Pro Quality encoding


    I always use - a very Simple Menu e.g. Brushed Metal (from old themes) - NO animations or audio (uses less than 1 minute).


    Yours Bengt W