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Supported Formats for iDVD: Which Video Formats Does iDVD Supports

By Bella Brown to DVD, iDVD|Last updated on Nov 23, 2018

It's no exaggeration to say that Apple's iDVD rode a wave of popularity among Mac users, since this simple-to-use application enables you to author desktop movies and still images, then write the project to a recordable DVD disc using an Apple DVD-R drive without any hitch. with iDVD, you can share interesting videos or nippy pictures with anyone anywhere as long as a DVD player is available. But it puzzles a slew of mac users, who have utilized it and have a voice.

Q1: I am considering buying a mac mainly for iDVD and the advertised ease of use while editing and putting together home movies, including making chapters and setting to music. My question is this: What file format does my home movie have to be in to be able to edit in iDVD? i.e. what input file formats does iDVD support?

Q2: I have a 5.5 gb mpg file captured from hi8 and when putting it in toast 10 gives me a 4.37 gb file but burning is really long and always fails around 80%. When I put said file in iDVD there is a question mark and a broken chain? Please help! - From Apple Support Community

Q3: I have a sony videocam. its file videos are .mpg, iDVD doesnt recognize the vids. to what format should I convert it first so I can edit them in iDVD? - From Philmug Forum

Well, from the above proposed questions, it's quite clear that a host of mac users are bothered by the same issue: which file formats iDVD supports? If you also have this question mark in your mind, then you come to the right place. Here will present the supported formats for iDVD in the hope of assisting you to tackle iDVD file formats issue.

The Supported Media Formats for iDVD

1. iDVD friendly with Most Video and Audio files Supported by QuickTime

Media Type File Formats Codecs or Components

QuickTime Movie (.mov)

MPEG-4 (.mp4, .m4v)


AVCHD (OS X Mountain Lion or later)

AVI (Motion JPEG only)




Apple ProRes

Apple Pixlet

Motion JPEG

Component Video


DVC Pro 50





Apple Lossless

Note: QuickTime VR, MPEG-1 or MPEG-2, Flash, streaming or encrypted videos, or QuickTime spanned videos are not supported by iDVD. It's impossible to add MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 files to an iDVD project because they don't contain standard video tracks.

2. iDVD Compatible with Any Video Format from iMovie

Video Format Additional Remarks
DV 4:3/16:9 fullscreen A format for storing digital video, using lossy intraframe video compression of video while audio is stored uncompressed.

HDV (720P/1080i)

A format for recording of high-definition video on DV cassette tape.

HDV 720P is used by JVC and informally known as HDV1.

HDV 1080i is preferred by Sony and Canon, sometimes referred to as HDV2.

HDV Video is encoded with the H.262/MPEG-2 Part 2 compression scheme and stereo audio is encoded with the MPEG-1 Layer 2 compression scheme.

MPEG-4 SD/HD Also MPEG-4 Part 14 or MP4, a digital multimedia format generally used to store video and audio, and also to store other data such as subtitles and still images.
AVCHD Advanced Video Coding High Definition, a file-based format for the digital recording and playback of high-definition video.

Note: iDVD can work with the above media files on the lists, yet there are still some video files incompatible with iDVD, including copyrighted or protected videos, videos saved in thousands of colors using the "none" compression setting in iMovie, aurora uncompressed video files and more alike.

How Import Video or DVD to iDVD on Mac

After acquainting yourselves with iDVD input file formats, you may regain the health to load your accumulated video to iDVD for burning your own DVD disc on Mac. However, life is not a bed of roses. Given your video is WMV, FLV, MKV or other video formats, you possibly have to heave a sigh, which is the same reaction to import DVD to iDVD.

Hands are tied? Take it easy! Here MacX Video Converter Pro can free you from the predicament, which can convert your almost any video to iDVD acceptable video formats, like converting FLV to MOV, MKV to MP4, WMV to AVCHD, and more like 1-2-3. And this video converter also has a superb record for blistering speed and zero maximum high quality, which goes a long way toward justifying its reliability and superiority.

Considering your demand of importing DVD to iDVD for burning, here MacX DVD Ripper Pro is highly recommended, which can help you to rip and convert any DVD (even encrypted DVD) to iDVD friendly formats like ripping DVD to MP4, AVCHD, DVD to MOV, etc. on Mac without any hassle involved. Its inherent high tech supports to rip any copyrighted DVD, such as DVD encrypted with Disney New Copy protection, Sony ARccOS, UOPs, RCE, and the common Region Code 1-6, which surely will be of interest to you.

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