NOTE: Fair warning, this was written in 2002. It is almost certainly out of date, and unfortunately I don't have time at the moment to configure my computer to test alternate methods. (This is not the method I use).
There are a few other recommended options out there -- Barkley has alternate instructions, and Toast will also do this for you. There is an alpha version of a free encoder as well, which I have not tested. Links:
http://www.bonuspoints.net/misc/Mpeg2EncodingwithiDVD.txt
http://www.roxio.com/enu/products/toast/titanium/overview.html
http://www.transcoder-redux.com/

All that said, on with the (old) instructions...
1. You must have OSX10.2 (Jaguar) or above.

2. Create a quicktime movie and a .wav file of your video, as follows:

Final Cut Pro or Express users:
note: I do not have FCExpress, so I'm just guessing that it's the same. Let me know if you have any trouble.
  • Click once on your timeline to make sure it's selected, then go to
    File-->Export-->Quicktime...
  • Within the export dialogue, name your file mymovie.mov and choose where to save it.
  • In the bottom right-hand corner of the window, click Options. Turn OFF "Sound" and "Prepare for Internet Streaming."
  • Next to Video, click Settings. Where you see the pulldown (may say "Video"), change that to DV/DVCPRO - NTSC.
    Quality: Best
    Frame Rate: 29.97
    also,
    Filter: None
    Size: Use Current Size
    *important
  • Hit OK again, then click SAVE. Wait while it exports the video file.

NOW - follow a similar process to export the .wav file.

  • Click once on your timeline to make sure it's
    selected.
  • go to File-->Export-->Quicktime...
  • name the file mymovie.wav and choose where to save it
  • Where it says, "Format: Quicktime Movie," change that to "Wave."
  • The default settings should be fine, but if you want to check, choose Options:
    Compressor: None
    Rate: 48.000 kHz
    Size: 16 bit
    Use: Stereo
  • Click Okay, and then Save. Should export very quickly.

iMovie users:

  • With your vid project open, go to
    File-->Export-->To Quicktime
  • Formats-->Expert Settings
  • Click Export
  • Choose Export: Movie to Quicktime Movie
  • Click Options. Turn OFF "Sound" and "Prepare for Internet Streaming."
  • Next to Video, click Settings. Where you see the pulldown (may say Sorenson Video 3), change that to DV/DVCPRO - NTSC.
    Quality: Best
    Frame Rate: 29.97
    also,
    Filter: None
    Size: Use Current Size
    *important
  • Hit OK again, then click SAVE. Wait while it exports the video file.

NOW - follow a similar process to export the .wav file.

  • File-->Export-->To Quicktime
  • Formats-->Expert Settings
  • Click Export
  • Choose Export: Sound to Wave
  • name the file mymovie.wav and choose where to save it
  • The default settings should be fine, but if you want to check, choose Options:
    Compressor: None
    Rate: 48.000 kHz
    Size: 16 bit
    Use: Stereo
  • Click Okay, and then Save. Should export very quickly.


3. Go here: http://homepage.mac.com/major4/download.html
Carefully follow the instructions for installing mpeg2enc and then ffmpegx. ffmpegx has a free 1 week trial, then it's $15 to register. It's also useful for converting bittorrent .avis, so you may want it.

4. Launch ffmpegx. A console will appear.

  • Click "Open" and find your new .mov file
  • Down at the bottom of the console, use the "Quick Presets" pulldown menu to choose "DVD hi-bitrate"
  • On the Video tab, make sure it says
    MPEG2 [.MPG] (mpeg2enc) under Video Codec, and that Encode Video is checked.
  • under Bitrate calculator, change Video Bitrate to 6500. Don't worry about the other settings there.
  • under Video Parameters, make sure Video Size is 720x480 and Framerate must be NTSC (29.97) *note: NOT "NTSC FILM" which is 23.97fps
  • under Audio tab, turn off Encode Audio
  • under Filters tab, nothing should be checked
  • under Options tab, turn off letterbox
  • under Tools tab, make sure only "Author as DVD and "Keep elementary streams" are checked.
  • in the Save As line, change "movie.mpg" to "mymovie.mpg" (where 'mymovie' follows Escapade's file naming structure. For example, 1_killa_itsasurprise.mpg. Note: It's a bit confusing, because ffmpegx always says ".mpg" in the save as line, but it actually will name the file .m2v. Don't ask me.)
  • Click Encode. You should get a status window that says, "Encoding mymovie.mov to mpeg-2 DVD"

5. You should now have two files: mymovie.m2v and mymovie.wav. These are what you upload or mail to the show organizer.
You can preview the video file in ffmpegx by choosing "open" and opening the file you just made, then clicking "Play" right next to it. No sound will play, but at least you can see what the image looks like, and make sure it's all there. You can preview the .wav the same way, or in QT player.

Please let me know if you have any trouble with any of this! -Killa