You should use the Export to QuickTime feature in FCP and make a self contained movie. Its size in GB is unimportant because you use it to make the Elementary Streams which form the basis of your DVD.
Bring that file into Compressor and use one of the time based DVD presets that the running time of your movie fits into. This generates a MPEG2 video file and a Dolby Digital ac3 audio file. Using Compressor has the advantage of offering you more control over the process (should you choose to play with them) and is faster if you enable multiple core rendering.
Import both of those into DVD Studio Pro and author your disk.
DVD SP is not difficult. I taught myself in about half a day with help from the user manual and a couple of rewritable discs.
Thanks Nick. I have been doing these things all along, I've been using Compressor and DVDSP for years, however when I went to burn from DVDSP the file size was 4.8 and was too big for my dvd, which only holds 4.7. However, the day before it worked. I'm unsure why one day it works, and the next it doesn't Any ideas on how to re-size it to fit without re-exporting again?
it's the compressor part you're gonna need to do again to get the file size down. You should use the appropriate preset in compressor. If you're film is 92 minutes ya gotta use the 120 minute preset or tweak the bitrate in the 90 minute one til it comes in small enuf. Also, make sure you create the audio ac3 file rather than using an aiff which can easily push you over the file size limitation of a dvd.
The reason that disks play in the Mac but not in a set top DVD player is usually the disk is an HD-DVD.
This is an abandoned format that only obsolite Toshiba and Apple supported.
You can verify this is your problem by looking in the DVD files and if there is anything that says HD ... this is your problem.
The way out is to start completely over. Your files etc will not work. When you launch DVDSP, select SD DVD as the project type.
Thanks Studio X - I just posting as a separate question. My dvd's are DVD-R, Maxell - just your standard, CVS type of dvds. I also have selected SD DVD as the project type. Back to the drawing board. I saw from old posts on Apple that it might be the speed in which I'm burning, but I'm not seeing an option to change this.