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iDVD is driving me crazy

Does anyone know how to speed up encoding on iDVD, when I try to put my home movies on it takes about 5 hours. Now I am running a 1ghz G4 with 1gb of memory and 10.4 with a Lacie 16x DL DVD-+R drive on 16x disks. Is there a certain format that the movies should be in like .DV or.MP4 or .MOV......please help me, thanks much

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Frankly, everyone wish it was faster (on their machine)

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Apple has faster hardware and the best so far are those dual Xeons at

That will drag the time down.


PS. On your machine? Try more ram and don't run anything you don't have to during the render.

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DVD's just take a long time

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DVD's just take a long time to burn, they aren't cds.

Most dvd drives aren't quite up to speed as CD-R drives. You may have a 24x CD-RW drive in your computer but nine times out of ten the best you will get for a DVD drive is 8x.

You also have to take into account all of the data that is being created. 4.7 Gb or more and it is not jsut audio data, this is visual data that has animated menus, process trees to link and so forth.

iDVD also will convert all of your video into mpeg4 format regardless of what its input is, so if you have videos in avi format for example, iDVD has to convert all of it, which adds to the creation time.

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I agree with the others...

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I have a G4 tower and experience the same time you describe so I don't use it much to do video anymore. My G5 flat panel iMac is much improved - but not as good as my son's CoreDuo flatpanel iMac... and I would expect a MacPro tower to scream through the rendering.

What I have found is that I press the burn button and go to sleep at night (full double layer discs can take some time as well. When I get up the next morning, it is done. But maybe you can't plan your schedule that way...

Just so you know, it is rendering the video frame-by-frame. Lots of crunching.

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iDVD speed

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All of the above is correct. You have already noticed that the speed of rendering is directly proportional to the speed of the processors and the amount of RAM. The actual burning of the DVD only takes 10 minutes or so.
The first time I turned an iMovie into a DVD, I thought that my machine had locked up. I finally decided that it had and rebooted it. Turns out it actually hadn't locked up, it was silently rendering each frame, one at a time. A process that took hours!
All my iDVD rendering is now done overnight or during the day when I'm at work.

As Bob noted, those Quad Xeons should just smoke through the rendering.


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