or Connect
AppleInsider › Forums › General › Genius Bar › DVD from iMovie won't play on TV DVD player?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

DVD from iMovie won't play on TV DVD player?

post #1 of 2
Thread Starter 
I've searched the Genius bar for help with this, as well as Googling around (honest!), but can't seem to find relevant info, so here goes:

I'm using an OWC Firewire DVD+/-RW drive with a dual-USB G3 iBook, and want to create DVD's that are viewable on TV via a "regular" DVD player. I'm able to import and edit video from my mini-DV camcorder with iMovie, and then using Toast 5, burn the finished movie onto a DVD+R disc (as a QT movie). When said disc is popped into the DVD player (a Philips DVD+R player/recorder) however, the only result is a message reporting that the disc contains unknown data. I guess it was dumb to think that it could be this easy, and I'm obviously overlooking something crucial here, but I'll ask about several possibilities anyway: 1. Is this a case of incompatability between particular media and players that one reads about (I suspect not), or 2. do I need DVD authoring app such iDVD (which I can't use, since it apparently requires a G4 minimum), or, 3.) does QT just not work in TV players (and if not, what format does?)

Thanks for any and all advice.
yuba
post #2 of 2
Quote:
Originally posted by yuba
I've searched the Genius bar for help with this, as well as Googling around (honest!), but can't seem to find relevant info, so here goes:

I'm using an OWC Firewire DVD+/-RW drive with a dual-USB G3 iBook, and want to create DVD's that are viewable on TV via a "regular" DVD player. I'm able to import and edit video from my mini-DV camcorder with iMovie, and then using Toast 5, burn the finished movie onto a DVD+R disc (as a QT movie). When said disc is popped into the DVD player (a Philips DVD+R player/recorder) however, the only result is a message reporting that the disc contains unknown data. I guess it was dumb to think that it could be this easy, and I'm obviously overlooking something crucial here, but I'll ask about several possibilities anyway: 1. Is this a case of incompatability between particular media and players that one reads about (I suspect not), or 2. do I need DVD authoring app such iDVD (which I can't use, since it apparently requires a G4 minimum), or, 3.) does QT just not work in TV players (and if not, what format does?)

Thanks for any and all advice.
yuba


Er... did you burn it just like a normal data disc? If so, then it's not surprising that it didn't work.

If you want the DVD to work in your DVD player, then the disc needs to be burnt in DVD-Video format and the video needs to be encoded into MPEG-2 format.

iDVD does both these jobs for you, but as you said, it requires a G4 processor.

Toast Titanium 6 can also do both these jobs, but I don't know if it requires a G4 or not.

I'm sure there is quite a lot of freeware that can do the job, but in separate packages (i.e. one to encode the video to MPEG-2, and one to burn a correctly-formatted DVD), but since I am a Toast 6/iDVD user I've never needed to investigate thoroughly so won't be able to help you if you want to go down that path.

And just a word of warning - encoding video into MPEG-2 is extremely processor intensive, so it'll take a VERY long time to encode the video - on my 500 MHz G4 Titanium iDVD took about 12 hours to encode 2 hours of video!

Good luck.
it's = it is / it has, its = belonging to it.
Reply
it's = it is / it has, its = belonging to it.
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Genius Bar
AppleInsider › Forums › General › Genius Bar › DVD from iMovie won't play on TV DVD player?