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As you're working on your iDVD project in iLife, monitor its size to ensure that everything will fit on a DVD-R. To check the size of your project and the status of the encoding process, and to change the quality of the encoding and compression, choose Project→Project Info. The Project Info window appears with encoding and compression progress bars for every media element in your project. When the progress bar shows Done, the media element is ready.

Check the project size and encoding progress or change encoding settings.
Check the project size and encoding progress or change encoding settings.

As you peruse the Project Info window, this information is handy to know:

  • Project size: The total size of your project (in minutes and in megabytes or gigabytes) appears below the Capacity meter on the far right side. This meter uses color bands to show how much of a project's total size is occupied by the different elements in the project. The numbers below the DVD-ROM, Slideshows, Menus, and Movies labels specify the number of megabytes each category uses.

  • Encoding method and quality: The amount of space your project occupies depends on the quality setting you choose for the encoding-and-compressing process. To change the quality setting, choose Best Performance, High Quality, or Professional Quality from the Encoding pop-up menu in the Project Info window. The Capacity meter changes to reflect the new setting — and the white arrow in the Capacity meter points to a color band showing the estimated quality of your burned DVD. Green indicates the highest quality.

    You can set the encoding quality for all projects in advance by choosing iDVD→Preferences, clicking the Projects tab, and then choosing Best Performance, High Quality, or Professional Quality from the Encoding pop-up menu.

  • Aspect ratio: The Project Info window also lets you choose the video picture aspect ratio from the Aspect Ratio pop-up menu and the type of DVD-R disc from the DVD Type pop-up menu.

  • Status of media elements: The media elements in your project appear in the Media area of the Project Info window, along with the path to their locations on your hard disk or elsewhere. If you see no table in the Media area, click the triangle to show it. A check mark in the Status column tells you that the media element is present and accounted for.

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