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Old June 5th, 2008, 04:15 AM   #1
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HDV project in FCE to SD DVD

So, I know there have been questions like this before, however I couldn't find a thread that was FCE/P specific, so I want to know the correct steps to go through in order to go from an HDV timeline to being able to export a widescreen (I'm assuming letterboxed) SD file to dump into iDVD. Simple steps would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
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Old June 11th, 2008, 03:03 PM   #2
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Please someone help! I am having sinister troubles!
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Old June 12th, 2008, 08:10 PM   #3
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1. Export your HDV timeline to a self-contained Quicktime file.

2. Drag and drop that file into your iDVD template.

3. Author with iDVD as normal.
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Not all DVD players will recognize your DVD as widescreen when played on a 4:3 monitor. Most will play it correctly, but some will squeeze the the video to fill the screen. Of the players that have a problem, most can be fixed by changing the video settings in the player (not the TV)...and a very few just cannot handle a widescreen video created in iDVD at all.

By the way, I suggest you stick to the 4:3 mode in iDVD even though you're authoring a widescreen project. The 4:3 mode only applies to the menus, so your video will retain the same quality as if you authored in 16:9, however, you will not have to deal with the button problems that have traditionally plagued the 16:9 menus in iDVD. It's a good little program, but there are bugs. I recommend the '06 version if you can get your hands on it.

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Old June 12th, 2008, 08:24 PM   #4
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1. Export your HDV timeline to a self-contained Quicktime file.

2. Drag and drop that file into your iDVD template.

3. Author with iDVD as normal.
Thanks for the help! But, why does it have to be self-contained?
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Old June 12th, 2008, 08:44 PM   #5
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That's just the way iDVD works.
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Old June 13th, 2008, 10:35 PM   #6
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Does it have to be self contained for the HDV file. In SD, I've created dozens and dozens of DVDs in iDVD using non self contained QT files ... as long as everything is on the same puter there is no prob. Again, this SD through and through
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Old June 13th, 2008, 11:43 PM   #7
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Now that I think about it, I've never tried anything but a self-contained file. All the official literature I've ever read said to use self-contained files, and I never gave it a second thought.

Thanks for the heads up.

Regardless of your workflow, watch out for the iDVD bugs (such as the way '06 deletes the audio track after the last chapter marker when you insert automatic chapter markers, or the the way '07 moves the chapter markers you've imported within your video file). Also, in my opinion, iDVD has trouble retaining the darks in your footage and tends to push the saturation a bit (though my only tests have been side by side comparisons). It's definitely passable, but if you can make the move to a better authoring program, you'll have more control over the final product.

By the way, in iDVD, importing an HD movie will reduce the practical running time of your disc since the resulting video size on the authored DVD will be larger than a 4:3 letterboxed video. I suggest you keep the length of your video to a maximum of about 80 minutes. In my experience, the image degrades to an unacceptable degree if you push it too far beyond this. In my opinion, the best way to check the quality of a video with a long run time is to find a slow cross dissolve (if you've used one) and see if it pixelates. If the video quality is suffering due to its length, you'll likely see it at this point first.

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Old June 18th, 2008, 05:33 PM   #8
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Use Self-Contained if you will ever be transferring the file to another computer or deleting any of your project media before authoring your FINAL copy. This means that ALL the video information is written to disk. To do otherwise is to create a file which will reference media on your drives (which you may later choose to delete and thusly destroy the link the non Self-Contained file is attempting to access).
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Old June 15th, 2009, 01:44 AM   #9
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There's a post I did on here using FCS2 and I-DVD

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/dvd-autho...h-results.html
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