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iMovie: Exporting from mpeg2 to avi with disappointing results


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I have imported files into iMovie08 from my Sony handycam. I have then added titles. So far so good. Then I go to export. If I export to 'large screen', the quality is not bad, but I'm thinking it should be better if I export to AVI, so I set it to 'best quality' and hit save. I then import it into iDVD08 and burn to DVD. Imagine my disappointment when it turns out to be sub-standard and inferior to 'large screen'. Now, I have to say, in the back of my mind I am thinking that I should be avoiding AVI and maybe, after all, 'large screen' is the way to go. Any ideas?

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AVI is just a container format, same as .mov. That means you can basically use one of several different codes, bitrates, compression levels etc. to create one.

My advice: For digital storage, go with h.264 and a moderately high bitrate (~1500) and you should be fine.
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Sounds to me that you are exporting using the "Export using QuickTime..." option and not getting one or more settings right for the destination.

For export I'd choose "Movie to QuickTime Movie" because I'd expect iDVD not to have any issues with that container. Then choose H.264 or "Apple Intermediate Codec" as the "Compression Type". For the "Date Rate" start by using "Automatic". I'd set the size appropriate for a DVD since iDVD does not produce HD content. So I think the width would be 720.

You might want to check what the "Large Screen" option created by opening the output file in QuickTime and doing a show info (command-I).

My iMovie Export Guide might be helpful.

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When asking questions, post the version of your software. You'll receive better answers.

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