4 Replies Latest reply: May 31, 2013 5:56 PM by AppleMan1958
magdalen23 Level 1 Level 1
expertise.iphone
iPhone

Hello everyone -- I'm hoping to find an answer that isn't too wildly technical and doesn't discuss the HD aspect of things.

 

I recently used the Share --> iDVD method and the results were pretty bad. It looked unsaturated, bland, pale, and blah. But any clips with increased contrast or saturation (changed within the editing process) looked jaggy and pixelly. In one clip, I lowered the exposure and brightness of rippling waves in water so they were very dark. It looked great within iMovie, looked like pixellated psychedelic nausea-inducing goofiness after I exported it, and truly appalling on the DVD.

 

The source video isn't brilliant, but when I make a Quicktime movie of it (using Share --> Export Using Quicktime, i think default settings) it looks OK. (except for those waves.)

 

I'm using an iMac running 10.8.1, Snow Leopard, and iMovie '11. iDVD is 7.1.2

I also have Roxio Toast 10 Titanium.

 

Also, I used whatever the default settings are to capture the source video from a now-old Canon DV camera. Was that a mistake -- are there special settings I should dig up?

 

Thanks so much for any help you can offer.

 

 

 

 

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  Model Name:          iMac

  Model Identifier:          iMac9,1

  Processor Name:          Intel Core 2 Duo

  Processor Speed:          2.66 GHz

  Number Of Processors:          1

  Total Number Of Cores:          2

  L2 Cache:          6 MB

  Memory:          8 GB


iMovie '11, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
Reply by AppleMan1958 on May 31, 2013 1:10 PM Helpful

I suggest...

SHARE/MEDIA BROWSER in Large size.

This will produce a movie in h.264

 

In iDVD, open the Media Browser and navigate to this movie in the iMovie Projects section. Drag it into your iDVD project.

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  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7

    I suggest...

    SHARE/MEDIA BROWSER in Large size.

    This will produce a movie in h.264

     

    In iDVD, open the Media Browser and navigate to this movie in the iMovie Projects section. Drag it into your iDVD project.

  • magdalen23 Level 1 Level 1
    expertise.iphone
    iPhone

    thank you!

    i will check that out.

  • magdalen23 Level 1 Level 1
    expertise.iphone
    iPhone

    is the Media Browser the same thing as the Media Pane? just the normal place where you would find movies, photos, music, (lower right-hand corner of iDVD screen) and drag them into the DVD project template?

     

    technically, i'm curious as to whether this is a different process from simply asking iMovie to burn a DVD through the share/iDVD menu.

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7

    Technically, it is a different process.

    When you use SHARE/EXPORT MOVIE or SHARE/MEDIA BROWSER, iMovie creates you finished movie in H.264. When you use SHARE to IDVD, iMovie creates an intermediate movie for use only in iDVD that is in DV codec (or AIC codec if the original footage was HD).

    Intuitively, it would seem that staying in DV would give better results, but my experience has been the opposite.

     

    Here is a quick and dirty video showing the use of the Media Browser in iDVD. I guess you could call it a pane.