View Full Version : Can I get MPEG-2 files into an iDVD project?

23rd December 2007, 06:01 PM
I tried the idea given here (http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20060416162333377) where you basically use iDVD to create the menus with short dummy videos to encode and put in your own video files from Toast afterwards. With the most up to date version of iDVD, it didn't work (the video in DVD Player played the whole 3 second length that the dummy clip, without sound, and then crashed.

I switched the .ifo and .bup files for the ones in the disc image I made in Toast and the video thus proceeded to play perfectly, just without any menus.

How could I overcome this? I want the speed of not having to encode much, along with the nice menus of iDVD. Am I just asking for too much here?

24th December 2007, 11:20 AM
On a second note, how would I make a dummy video with dummy audio file of the right length so I don't have this problem? Anyone?

24th December 2007, 12:52 PM
Hi I use MPEG Streamclip to convert MPEG-2 from My JVC Cam to DV or Quicktime many more option within the App. then it will work with your iMovie & iDVD on your mac.
It's free but you do need to buy the QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback from the Apple store for quicktime i think it's worth it if you have lots of MPEG-2 to convert.


QuickTimeMPEG2 Playback Cost $39 from Apple. http://store.apple.com/133-622/WebObjects/australiastore.woa/wa/RSLID?mco=7E4F2D7D&nplm=D2187Z/A


24th December 2007, 12:58 PM
Thanks, I have both, but I would rather not take the time to export to DV (I tried and gave up when I discovered that not only was the file at 20GB after maybe half an hour, but it was still a way from finishing, and the quality majorly sucked).

Oh well, it seems I'm just gonna have to do without the quality of the original, or the menus of iDVD. Thanks anyway.

24th December 2007, 02:50 PM
You could use visualhub to convert it too, into one of several formats. I use mpeg streamclip as well, but didn't buy anything else. I downloaded a couple of plugins for itand It works fine.

24th December 2007, 06:57 PM

Reference Quicktime files are the key.

Import those, not the original files.


16th December 2008, 08:29 PM

Reference Quicktime files are the key.

Import those, not the original files.


I know it's been a long time, but I'm having exactly the same problem. Can you describe in more detail what you did, please? For me, I can import a QT ref file into iDVD no problem, but
when I create a disk image from it, I get video (looks like there might have been some quality loss), and no audio.

It's extremely frustrating b/c the input video is already in DVD format (720x480 NTSC, ac3 audio).