5 Replies Latest reply: Apr 4, 2014 11:10 AM by mtngoatjoe@mac.com
Martin639 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hey

 

How do i store my videofiles for the future?

 

1. Usually when i have made some video recordings I plug my kamera into my mac and import the video(s) into iMovie. (My iMovie Libary is locaded on an extern harddrive).

 

2. Then i start a new project and ad the videos I want in my project.

 

3. When I'm done with the project I choosing share in iMovie and export my project to a place on my mac. For some reason the file always become many times larger than the original videofiles even though I didn't ad that many features to my porject?

 

4. Because of the size of the exported iMovie porject I often need to convert the file, Im using Hand Break as it is free. The video and sound Quality seems to be the same.

 

5. Than i Open iDVD and starts a new project where I'm adding the converted videofile from iMovie.

 

6. Burn the ****.

 

BUT that do I do with the above files I've made? What should I safe for later now that I have burned my project?

 

I know that I would like to keed a digital version of the finish product - but how?. I wan't as well to safe the original files in iMovie if the future I should need to make other kinds of projects.? All this seems to cloudy to me! Please help.


MacBook Air (13-inch Mid 2013), OS X Mavericks (10.9.2), iMovie 10.0.2 - iDVD 7.1.2
  • mtngoatjoe@mac.com Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)

    What are you using to record the video with? Is it SD or HD? If it's HD and your sending it to iDVD, then I wouldn't throw away the source files because they contain 4x better resolution. And someday, you might like to look at those videos on a nice, big 60 inch TV, and not have them look all blurry.

  • Martin639 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey

     

    I'm using my Sony A58 Kamera recording in full 1080p HD.   50i 24M (FX)/ AVCHD Format.

     

    I always import my videos into iMovie and that export it in a project before going to iDVD.

  • mtngoatjoe@mac.com Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)

    50i is NOT the same thing as 1080p. I would record in 1080p since the quality is better (though admittedly, the real world difference is often very small).

     

    But regardless, if space is a concern, I would edit my project, Share as a file with the highest quality setting, and then trash the source when you need the space.

     

    I would NOT use the DVDs you've created as your final record. Like I mentioned before, your source material will look great on a big HDTV. Your DVDs won't look anywhere near as good.

  • Martin639 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm a bit confused. Just so I'm sure that I understood you clear sould you try to explain by usine the points (1,2,3,4,5,6) that I made and maybe tell what you would do once again. I would really appreciate it.!

  • mtngoatjoe@mac.com Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)

    1. Usually when i have made some video recordings I plug my kamera into my mac and import the video(s) into iMovie. (My iMovie Libary is locaded on an extern harddrive).

    Nothing wrong here, but as I said, I would record in 1080p for maximum quality.

     

    3. When I'm done with the project I choosing share in iMovie and export my project to a place on my mac. For some reason the file always become many times larger than the original videofiles even though I didn't ad that many features to my porject?

    My first thought this is because you are recording at 1080i, but outputing from iMovie as 1080p. But your step 5 paragraph calls this into question.

     

     

    5. Than i Open iDVD and starts a new project where I'm adding the converted videofile from iMovie.

    I'm really curious as to what settings you're Sharing the video at from iMovie. I thought iDVD required 480p from iMovie, but I could be wrong.

     

    But what I really want to stress here is that the DVD that iDVD creates will be significantly lower quality than what you're recording with your video camera. You may need a DVD now, but someday, you or your kids will have a big HDTV, and the 1080p version of your video will look MUCH better than the 480p DVDs you're creating now.

     

    So, the step I would add would be to Share two versions of your projects from iMovie: one you'll use for your DVD, and a 1080p version that you keep on your hard drive for the future when you have a nice big TV to view it on.

     

     

    BUT that do I do with the above files I've made? What should I safe for later now that I have burned my project?

     

    I know that I would like to keed a digital version of the finish product - but how?. I wan't as well to safe the original files in iMovie if the future I should need to make other kinds of projects.? All this seems to cloudy to me! Please help.

    As I mentioned before, I would Share the project as 1080p, save the file to a drive, and then delete the source material when you need the space. If you have the space, just keep the source files in iMovie forever.