MacMost Now 440: DVDs Are Not HD

A short video explaining a common misconception about DVD quality. DVDs are standard definition, so HD video will not look as good on DVD as it does on your Mac.

Comments: 6 Responses to “MacMost Now 440: DVDs Are Not HD”

    11 years ago

    Very interesting, thank you for this!

    10 years ago

    Thank you for this info on how videos may be HD but DVDs are still SD. This explains complaints that I have seen elsewhere that the video looked great on the computer but not as well after it was burned to DVD. Some blamed the iLife programs for this. You are the first one I have found to deal directly and clearly with the reason.

    As a result I will not upgrade to an HD camcorder for my yoga videos which I sell on DVDs.

    Thank you very much,

    Pam Taylor
    10 years ago

    Thank you for your very clear explanation. I have another question: which DVDs should we be using in the Mac? DVD-R or DVD+R? I know one goes around one way and the other goes in the opposite direction. Does it make a difference in the quality of the DVD?
    Also, in the future are there any DVD’s that will be able to record high definition? Thanks. Pam

      10 years ago

      Most modern Macs (last 2-4 years) will use either type of DVD. Quality-wise they are identical (it is digital video, so bits are bits). Much older Macs worked only with DVD-R. But that way years ago.

    10 years ago

    I have a problem when making a Imovie. All my horizontal photos look great but the vertical ones crops in and the whole photo is not shown. How can I change that??? Have a great weekend.

      10 years ago

      You need to set the cropping. Select the photo in the project area and press C.

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