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July 2nd, 2002 · No Comments · Uncategorized

I burned my first DVD today. Today, I am a man geek.

Wait, I was already a geek. So much for milestones.

Dealing with digital video on the iMac is a pleasure. Very easy. iMovie is lovely, as everyone already knows. Don’t forget to have lots and lots of disk space. Especially if you are going to burn a DVD, since you need to export your movie out in particular format for iDVD. Suddenly a 60GB disk doesn’t seem endless.

Also don’t forget to have oodles of time. On my iMac, it takes almost as long to export the video for DVD as the length of the movie. So a sixty minute video takes about 60 minutes to export. And it turns out burning the DVD takes about 50% longer than the length of the video. So all in all to do a sixty minute DV tape to DVD, excluding time to edit:

  • Time to import video: 60 minutes
  • Time to export for iDVD: 60 minutes
  • Time to burn DVD: 90 minutes
  • Total time: 3 1/2 hours.

This is on my 800MHZ iMac, for stat junkies.

My only beef with iDVD is no simple means to identify chapters. In order to do chapters, you need to break up your source video in iMovie. Not a huge thing, but it seems like a facility to scan through the video and make chapter markers would be a lot easier.

But without reading any directions, for either iDVD or iMovie, I was able to muddle through without frustration. I’m pleased with the result, and I think >Conny will be too. I hope. Or I’m in big trouble.

Not only is this my first DVD, but it also is my guarantee that I’ll never run for public office. And no, I’m not telling you what’s on it.

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