please help with mac video question

Started Jul 20, 2012 | Discussions thread
Alpha Doug
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Re: please help with mac video question
In reply to Peter Rongsted, Jul 20, 2012

Kind of depends on what you want to do with the HD output. If you edit your HD footage in iMovie, and then you use the "Share" menu to "export" your movie, you can choose up to the full 1920x1080 format. Or you can totally customize your output by exporting via Quicktime. This will give you an HD video file, stored somewhere on your disk. When you double click it, it will play back via Quicktime on your monitor. If you load your movie into iTunes, you can use AirPlay on your iPad or iPhone to play it on your HD TV through your Apple TV gizmo. Or you can download "Air Parrot" and play it through your Apple TV via your iMac. Or you can upload it to a video sharing site (although you are probably going to want to shrink it considerably before doing this).

I suspect though, that you are trying to burn a DVD with the HD video on it. Standard DVDs do not support full HD. They will support a 16:9 format, but only at something like 720 x 367? They are only capable of standard resolution, which you can achieve by exporting a file at SD resolution, and then using the program "Toast" to burn it to a DVD (or somehow find an old copy of iDVD to do this). If you want to really output an HD file, you really only have one choice. Get a BluRay DVD recorder to plug into your iMac. Get "Toast", export an HD movie, use Toast to burn it to the BluRay. Now you have the problem that very few people have a BluRay player, and the DVD you just burnt won't play in a standard DVD player. Also, the disk cost your a lot. So you are limited more by current video technology than what iMovie will or will not do. IF you can explain exactly what you wish to accomplish, we can give you better suggestions.

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