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iMovie 11 - AVCHD & Exporting


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Hi

Hope someone can help with a couple of questions?

I have had trouble importing AVCHD files with FCE4, so I have reluctantly reverted to iMovie in order to edit my video. I recently filmed a wedding, and have been able to import the AVCHD footage into iMovie and edit it. The issue I have now, is that I would like to export the project and create a DVD. Anyone have any idea of what the best settings would be for this. I tried to do this using the most obvious settings, but it ended up with an export time of over 5 hours! This is for a 39min film…what am I doing wrong?

I would also like to make an AVCHD dvd as well, if possible. Does anyone have any advice on doing this?

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Do you have iDVD?

All you can do with your Mac is create standard resolution dvds which are 720x576 pixels. If by an AVCHD dvd, you mean something like a BluRay dvd, then you will need additional dvd burning software, like Roxio's Toast, and an external BluRay dvd burner.
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Thanks for the reply.

Yes I do have iDVD, but have had results that are fairly poor using it in the past. I don't know if it's the encoding which is a fault or something I am doing.

With regards to burning an AVCHD disc, you only need a DVD burner and a standard DVD disc on which you can burn upto 40 minutes of HD footage for playback in a Blu-Ray player that will also play AVCHD discs. I'm wondering how to do this from iMovie? The footage going in is AVCHD (1080/50i), so when edited, I am wanting to export it as the same.

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In that case, use iMovie's Share to File option, choosing the appropriate video size, and then use a dvd authoring program to produce your dvd. However, AVCHD DVD is a new one on me, so can't offer any advice on that.
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