Forum Question: How to change the format to make an IDVD DVD

Hi, I just bought a new video camera (canon hf m40)which is an HD camcoerder. After recording some video and putting it in IMOVIE creating a project sharing it to IDVD tring to burn a DVD It said that it has to much data to create a DVD. I recorded it at 30f/s at MXP (24Mbps) 1 hour 25 minutes – Allows 1920 x 1080 Full HD Recording.How can I change this so I can make a DVD with the footage?
I have found out that I can not video in full HD and must use a lower setting from now on.Thank you for any help you can provide.
Dale L. Manning

Comments: 10 Responses to “How to change the format to make an IDVD DVD”

    9/12/11 @ 2:29 pm

    What error messages did you get, exactly?
    If could be simply that the video is too LONG to be put on a DVD.
    iDVD will convert video from whatever format you have to DVD format. So it really shouldn’t matter whether you are feeding it HD or SD video. Both get converted.

    Dale Manning
    9/12/11 @ 4:51 pm

    Hi Gary what it says is “not enough free space for encoding the remaining assets” but when I go to the IDVD project info it says that the Capacity is 3.75GB 68 min the encoding is set at “best performance” DVD type “single-layer -4.2 GB aspect ratio is standerd(4:3). while I am in project info at the bottom it says “asset and it is encoding, does that mean that I just have to wait for it to finish?

      9/12/11 @ 7:12 pm

      “not enough free space” means not enough free space on your internal drive. Check that.

    9/12/11 @ 5:50 pm

    DVD quality wi always step down HD quality. That’s just the nature of the beast DVD quality is MPEG2 (SD quality). If optical is something you really want, Blue Ray is your only choice. But you will need the hardware and software to add. Your other option (which I prefer) is dump optical and export your files in highest 1080 quality (H.264) and play back that project on an Apple TV or some other Media Player. Truly Optical Drives are a “bag of hurt”:)

      9/12/11 @ 7:32 pm

      Michael’s comment…”Your other option (which I prefer) is dump optical and export your files in highest 1080 quality (H.264) and play back that project on an Apple TV or some other Media Player. Truly Optical Drives are a “bag of hurt”.

      So, you think it is better to store these gargantuan files, ~22GB for a average 1080 H.264, movie, on my hard drive so I can stream them to my Apple TV??? And on top of that at only 720p on the Apple TV!? I don’t think so. I know I would have to invest in many large drives to store all the movies I make. I would rather pay the $109 for a Pioneer bluray burner and have the bluray optical disk at my hand. Also, how could I share the bluray movie with my family without giving them an optical disk??
      Sounds like Steve Jobs has you brainwashed.

    9/13/11 @ 5:49 pm

    Oh what because I said the old “bag of hurt comment”?! Had I not said it you had not comment? And to you answer and a correction to your comment: first the second genration can playback 1080. I just did it with a movie I exported from iMovie using 1080 format. That being said, most would argue the benefits of 720p to 1080p on most average size TV’s. And as I mentioned Bluray is an option if so chooses. You can do if on a Mac! But my statement of Bluray as a bag of hurt is that Bluray is not catching on like they thought it would. Seems people are either buying TV Media Players (Roku, Apple TV, Playstations, XBox, etc) and all these devices can handle H.264. Why you think BluRay manufactures added Internet connected and multimedia playback support on some BluRay players and lowered prices, because a BluRay player alone was not enough. I am willing to bet many bought a Bluray player just to get Netflix on their TV. As far as sharing video? Please with online sharing their is hardly a reason to have to hand a CD to a family member or friend! But if that is what you prefer, give them them the H264 format on a thumb drive or burn it to DVD (dual layer if needed), or upload it to a file sharing site, or just walk up to their computer and dump the file on their computer for them! With computers today the size of TV’s of yesterday, who needs to always watch home movies on their TV’s?(although it can be done!;))

    9/13/11 @ 5:57 pm

    And yes HD drives are very cheap today and online storage is getting cheaper too. And plus your beloved DVD’s WILL, in do time show wear and tear (if not lost) and suffer potential bit rot. So for every DVD, I hope you have two or more copied and a BIG closet to store and I would recommend a good catalog system! I myself have over 200 home movies made on iMovie and some 400 Movies and TV Shows all stored on a 6″x5″ Seagate HD with more space to spare and a back up to that Drive about the same size.

    9/13/11 @ 6:15 pm

    And now that we are becoming more of a “mobile computing” society, who wants to carry around DVD’s. That is why the CD lost to MP3’s. My dad was BLOWN away how he could carry all his Music in his pocket when I gave him an iPod for his birthday! Video is NEXT! if not already here

    8/22/12 @ 3:36 pm

    Not enough free disk space for encoding the remaining assets.
    I’ve got 300 gig free on my main system drive and I still get this message and can’t burn an idvd file. Anyone have any ideas.

      8/22/12 @ 3:46 pm

      Try this: Quit all apps. Restart. Just run iDVD, nothing else. Try it then.

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