Forum Question: burn movie to dvd

When should I burn at 1920 x 1080 HD. I record in the highest quality on my Sony HD SR11. Or stay with 1280×720.

Comments: 21 Responses to “burn movie to dvd”

    3/26/11 @ 9:33 pm

    DVDs are not HD. They are standard definition. So you can’t burn a DVD in either 1080 or 720. See episode 440:

    3/26/11 @ 9:39 pm

    Thanks, Gary.

    3/26/11 @ 9:41 pm

    So, than when should I burn in 1080 or 720. Does it depends on the size of my LED TV’s I have. At what size screen should I start burning in 1080 or 720.

      3/26/11 @ 10:14 pm

      Burn? I don’t think that’s what you mean. You “burn” a DVD. DVDs are not HD. I think you mean simply export a video file. Right? But then how do you plan to watch it on your TV?

    3/27/11 @ 6:33 pm

    Macs don’t have blu ray support so you can’t “burn” a 720 or 1080 DVD. The videos I make in iMovie, I export them in HD and play back on Apple TV. or you can use a Roku box, x box, or play station.

    3/27/11 @ 9:18 pm

    I’m making a video of movie files and slideshow for family. They will watch them on their LED TV’s. They range from 40-50 inch tv’s. Gary your right about exporting movie files. Sorry for the confusion.

    3/27/11 @ 9:20 pm

    MPEG 4 or quicktime export. Not sure what to use. I want good quality. With MPEG 4 my settings are data rate is 5000, image size 1280x720hd.

      3/27/11 @ 9:22 pm

      Mpeg4, sure. But more important is the data compression type. h264 is probably best for general use. 2000 data rate is very good, no need to go to 5000 — but compare a sample.

    3/27/11 @ 9:28 pm

    Gary once again thanks for your for your help..

    3/29/11 @ 9:17 pm

    Gary do you have any idea what program I can use to burn in MPEG 4?

      3/29/11 @ 9:24 pm

      Not sure what you mean. You can produce a .mp4 file from just about anything: iMovie, QuickTime, etc.

    3/29/11 @ 9:27 pm

    Sorry, I want to burn my movie to disc instead of MPEG 2. When burning from iDVD it’s MPEG 2, I want MPEG 4. Any software for mac will do MPEG 4 instead of MPEG 2.

      3/29/11 @ 9:39 pm

      If you want to burn a DVD – a real DVD that works in a DVD player – then you have to use the DVD format (which is mpeg2). If you were to force one to contain an mpeg4 file it wouldn’t work in DVD players because DVD players don’t understand mpeg4.

    3/29/11 @ 9:56 pm

    Gary all the reasons why I want to do this, I want to watch good quality dvd on my LED Tv’s to watch.

      3/29/11 @ 10:00 pm

      Yes, but you can’t play an mpeg4 file on a DVD player.

    4/3/11 @ 11:27 pm

    Anytime you convert a high quality video to a DVD encode, you will lose quality! If you are recording in HD, you want a format that will preserve your HD and DVD is not your answer. Currently the “favored” IMO HD format for the MPEG4 is h.264 (.m4v). There files are “single’ files that will play back on many software and hardware products, but not a DVD player. Now you can convert a h.264 file to a DVD file using iDVD or some sort, but again you WILL lose quality. So your choices are easy. Move to BluRay (which Macs do not support out the box) and if you want to stay with optical medium, or switch to MPEG4 (h.264), and get a Apple TV, Roku, Sony PS, etc. to playback your MPEG4 files.

    6/13/11 @ 5:31 am

    I cannot find the appropriate thread so I’ve put my query here. I have found that IDVD when performing the “multiplexing and burning” then ejects the blank dvd-r before it completes thus no dvd video is created. IDVD did not have the problem with the same disks before. I tried a memorex dvd-rw and it burned successfully. Do I need certain dvd-r brands and why did IDVD work previously on the dvd-r? The dvd-rw recognised on the desktop, the dvd-r did not.

      6/13/11 @ 6:16 am

      Just like to add that I sorry I’ve had to put my query in this thread and please can you indicate an appropriate “general discussion” if no specific can be found. Thank you

      6/13/11 @ 7:37 am

      Could be that a few discs in the batch are bad. Hard to say. Quality varies.

    6/13/11 @ 7:44 am

    Thanks Gary. Noted about the new thread link. I will try a different brand just to see.

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