Using Sony Cybershot Movies with iDVD

The short answer: Use Quicktime Pro and export it to a DV Stream.

My Sony DSC-T1 camera is fantastic and I cannot recommend one enough. It starts up almost instantly, takes great quality pictures and movies and is so slim that you usually forget it’s in your pocket. However, I ran into my first problem last week. I had taken a trip to Korea and wanted to make a DVD of it. The pictures were effortless and the slideshows made in less than an hour but I couldn’t figure out how to get the videos on the DVD with sound. Every format I tried either wouldn’t import into iDVD or it would import but without sound. I finally stumbled upon Jim Heid’s answer for solving the same problem in iMovie. He recommends a free tool called MPEG StreamClip which works quite well if you don’t have a QuickTime Pro key. So on to the details.

  1. Open the MPEG video in QuickTime Pro. I’ll assume that you can handle this step on your own!
  2. Select the File->Export menu 
  3. Choose “Movie to DV Stream” from the Export section of the new window 
  4. Click on the “Options…” button
  5. Set the video and audio options to match the format of the DVD you are making 

The video and audio options were quite new to me. I found that 48KHz locked audio worked quite well. I’m not sure exactly what locked audio is so if anybody can let me know I would appreciate it!

I hope this helps anybody making their first jump into DVD authoring. Now, take a look at one of my videos of what real sushi is like.

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