MPG on iDVD
February 18, 2005 6:08PM
edited January 2014
I have iDVD 4, and I made all of my movies that I have on my computer in MPG format. Is there anyway that I can burn them onto a DVD?
Reply 1 of 5
February 18, 2005 6:29PM
Perhaps I'm missing some information here, but don't you click "Burn".
At the very least, import the files into a new project and than burn.
Reply 2 of 5
February 18, 2005 6:49PM
Im sorry I guess I forgot to say the problem.
MPG isn't a supported file type. And if you import them to iMovie, not only does it take forever but there is no sound.
Reply 3 of 5
February 19, 2005 3:32AM
mpeg1 and 2 are just meant for playback, not for editing/converting purposes.
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Reply 4 of 5
February 19, 2005 1:06PM
Are your MPEGs MPEG 1s?
For some reason, QuickTime will not export MPEG1 audio to other formats (and since QuickTime is the basis for iDVD's conversion process, that's why you're getting no sound). I have no idea why QuickTime had this shortcoming, perhaps it is a liscensing issue. To convert MPEG1 into a format compatible with iDVD, you need to use QuickTime Pro to export the video track to an interim format (I suggest Pixlet if you have the space) and convert the audio using a different program, such as ffmpegx.
ffmpegx installation is a bit of an involved process, but the tools are very useful and therefore worth the effort if you're going to be doing this a lot. In ffmpegx, you can select the muxed (i.e. you don't have to demux first) MPEG1 file, deselect the "encode video" tick box in the "video" tab, and select the output audio file format in the "audio" tab.
Once you have exported the video with QuickTime and the audio with ffmpegx, you can recombine the audio and video using QuickTime's "Add Scaled" feature. You may have an issue with audio sync, however.
You could try using ffmpegx to convert the MPEG1 to MPEG2 with AC3 sound so that you can burn straight to DVD using something like toast.
Reply 5 of 5
February 19, 2005 7:46PM
I found this program on MacUpdate
it worked well for what I needed it for. Takes a long time, but it works. If anyone else has my problem, it's a good free program to use.
Thank you for your help guys.