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Creating & Playing a Widescreen DVD

264 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Aug 1, 2006 8:57 AM by Dave Althoff RSS
davidw Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Jul 31, 2006 5:06 PM
I ripped a DVD in widescreen format then burned it to a DVD using iDVD 5.

The project works fine in when tested in iDVD. However, when I play the created DVD on my DVD player and TV, it will only play back in 4:3 format. The picture is terribly distorted.

WHat am I doing wrong?
iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.3)
  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (18,950 points)
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    Aug 1, 2006 12:14 AM (in response to davidw)
    Hi David

    My guess is that iDVD 5 don't support HD (16x9) but may be iDVD HD (6).

    Yours Bengt W
    G3/G4 Blue white,PBG4,dG5, Mac OS X (10.3.9), QT6.5.2
  • Dave Althoff Level 4 Level 4 (1,120 points)
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    Aug 1, 2006 8:57 AM (in response to davidw)
    iDVD 5 supports widescreen, and if you get "Widescreen Preview" when you preview the project in iDVD, you're halfway there.

    When you burn the project in iDVD 5, you end up with a DVD that plays just fine in Apple's DVD player, but when you try to play it on a set-top DVD player, the image gets squashed. This is assuming that all the DVD player and TV settings are appropriate. Usually this happens when you have a 4:3 TV connected to a DVD player that knows you have a 4:3 TV and therefore should letterbox the video for you.

    The problem is one bit on the disc that Apple sets in an unexpected way. I have a web page that describes the problem and gives three different ways to fix it. The easiest is to create a disc image with iDVD, use Daniel Rogers' perl script to fix it, then burn the fixed image with Disk Utility. Instructions and links are on my page:

    This issue was supposedly fixed in iDVD 6.

    --Dave Althoff, Jr.
    1000 MHz dual G4 (MDD 'leaf blower'); 12" PB G4 1500 MHz, Mac OS X (10.3.9)


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