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DVD Newbie Wants To Author On A MAC

Discussion in 'Video problems with Mac' started by lsd25, Feb 24, 2005.

  1. lsd25

    lsd25 Member

    Feb 22, 2005
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    I want to take some old DVD-Rs I recorded off off my Panasonic DMR-E30, and add customized menus, as well as do some editing, and perhaps clean up the picture in spots. In short, I want to make them look like professional commercial DVDs. I know have an older iMac G3 that was great in 1999, but does not quite cut it today. I want to get a G5 Mac (or possibly a good used G4). My questions are as follows:

    1) What program would be best to create professional looking menus? I am very good with Adobe Photoshop, and I do not want to rely on pre-installed Menu Templates such as the ones on iDVD. I want to incorporate, and customize, my own menus.

    2) How hard would it be to extract the audio and video from a DVD recorded on a DMR-E30, do some minor editing, and clean up, and create an originally authored DVD?

    3) What would be the best program to author a DVD?

    4) The DVDs I recorded on the Panasonic DMR-E30 play on about 80% of the DVD players I play it on. A DVD-R I recorded on a Ridata would not play on certain DVD players, but my friend duplicated a movie for me using a DVD duplicator and one of my blank Ridata DVD-Rs , and that disc has played on every DVD player I have tried it on, even ones that would not play the DVD-Rs I recorded on the DMR-E30. People used to tell me it was because of the DVD-R media itself, but this seems to disprove that. My question is this: Is there a way to author a DVD so that it plays back on most, or all DVD players?? If so what program is good for that?

    5) How much Hard Drive space should I have on my computer so that it is ideal for DVD authoring??

    6) How much Memory would be ideal?

    7) Does anyone have a recommendation on what kind of Mac would be a great one for authoring??

    Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
  2. Londor

    Londor Guest

  3. mediaguru

    mediaguru Regular member

    Aug 27, 2002
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    If you want to do authoring and compression and video editing....you want THE FASTEST MAC POSSIBLE WITH THE BIGGEST HARD DRIVE!

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