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Supported Formats for iDVD: Which Video Formats Does iDVD Supports

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

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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.
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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.

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