11 Replies Latest reply: Aug 2, 2013 5:32 AM by asgweb
asgweb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

umm... i import my .mov files made with iMovie to iDVD. When I try to burn a dvd, it says i have a map error but no explanation as to how to fix it.

Then when I burn it, it thinks it's burning but then it spits the blank dvd out and continues writting. But, I have cancel because it never finishes..?? what gives?

iMovie '11, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (121,970 points)

    First don't use iMovie's Share ➙ iDVD menu option.  Use the Share ➙ Media Browser option with size = Medium. 



    That will provide iDVD with a better image quaility movie file to use.


    Create a new project by opening iDVD, selecting a theme and dragging the movie from the Media/Movies pane under iMovies-porojects at the right. 



    Then follow this workflow to help assure the best qualty video DVD:

    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, launch DVD Player and play it.  If it plays OK with DVD Player the encoding is 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.



  • asgweb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    soooo... apples .mov's won't work with apples idvd???? ummm! gee!

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (121,970 points)

    I never said that.  Where did you get that idea?

  • nbar Level 5 Level 5 (6,955 points)

    .mov file=Quicktime multimedia format developed originally by Apple, using a propriety Apple compression algorithm for encoding data. It is supported on both OS X and Windows platforms. Digital Video Disks support only particular types of Digital Video formats, regardless of the program. Mov files must be encoded differently in order to be burnt to a DVD, and the software referenced supports this.


    It would not make much sense for Apple to originally develop a program for a particular type of video format, Quicktime, and subsequently develop video software, iDVD, that would not be compatible.


    Use one of the 100000000000 free video conversion programs if you are having trouble.

  • asgweb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    When I 'Share' for Media Browser. iMovie doesn't give me choice as to where to save it. And I can't find it to import into iDVD. I perform a search for the file and it's not found. Then if I try to share it again. The previous choice is greyed out prohibiting me from saving it as such. Any Help?

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (121,970 points)

    It is saved in the iMovies/iMovie Projects folder but is also available thru the Media Borwser/Movies pane in all applications that have the browser.

  • asgweb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have looked there 'iMovies/iMovie Projects folder' and in 'user/me/iMovies/iMovie Projects folder'

    and it's  not there. And it's not available in the iDVD media. Yet iMovie thinks it's there as it won't let me save it a 2nd time by being grey out. What gives?

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (121,970 points)

    Don't know.  As in the iMovie  forum.  Another option is to export it out of iMovie to the Desktop via the Share ➙ Export menu option, again with size = Medium or Large.  Then add the movie to the iDVD project via the  Finder.

  • steviper Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Have you tried AppGeeker? It's been ages since I've used it, but it might do the trick.


    QuickTime .mov to DVD


    let me know how you get on with it/

  • asgweb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ok. For others with this question. iDVD likes Media Browser. iMovie doesn't seem to make a new file. It simply encodes your movie where it is to create the Media Browser. When you click on it in iDVD it will then show you the encoded version in the pane below. If you haven't encoded it, it will not show up.