View Full Version : iDvd 4 gets stuck on phase 4 "multiplexing and burning"!

02-02-2005, 01:36 PM
I produced a 1h15 project with iDVD4. (No slideshow 2 movies and 13 scenes)
When I click burn, it stucks on phase 4. (after 3 days).

I already had this problem before. I resolved it by switching my "encoder settings " preference to "Max performance" instead of "Best quality", but for this project I've to use "best quality" because "max performance" is for 60 minutes& less projects only.

I tried to make an "img" instead of burning , and it changed nothing.
Still stucked on phase 4. :mad:

I know my G4 is slow (G4 400), but it should be shorter than 3 days and half to finish the DVD !

Any idea ?

02-02-2005, 06:45 PM
I can't find the minimum G4 required for iDVD4 but I do have a suggestion besides making sure you have no other apps running. But maybe you are doing this already. Open the left Customize pane and click Status on the top. Wait until it completely finishes the crunching with the motion running before closing the pane and starting to burn.

Oh, one more thing, in the Energy Saver pane do not check put hard drives to sleep when possible because checking that allows the burner to sleep also and maybe it won't wake up.

Minimum requirements keep going up:
DVD 5 System Requirements
Macintosh computer with a 733MHz G4 or faster processor
256MB of physical RAM (512MB recommended)
Mac OS X v10.3.4 or later
Display with at least 1024 x 768 pixel resolution
QuickTime 6.5.2 (included)
DVD drive required to install GarageBand and iDVD
Apple SuperDrive (or 733MHz G4 processor) required for iDVD
4.3GB of disk space required to install GarageBand, iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie and iDVD

02-02-2005, 07:14 PM
kaye : yes I did all you said .
but no changes

02-02-2005, 07:35 PM
I hate to send you elsewhere but this site has a lot of good info http://www.kentidwell.com/idvd4/

Some tips from there:
Remember that a force quit can corrupt the iDVD plist...get rid of the old one before restarting.

Sometimes burning with 1x blanks will improve the situation for a slow G4.

Don't assume that generic disks will work. There is a list of brands.

If you arrive at a solution come back and let us know. k

02-03-2005, 01:27 PM
According to the apple forums iDVD not burning can indicate bad ram even when all other apps seem to work. Have you added third party ram?

02-03-2005, 01:32 PM
I bought (actually my girl friend did) my G4 4 years ago. It was used, and it already had this ram. but I know I have the original 256 PC100 module and
3 PC133 256 AzenRAM which have been added after the purchase from Apple.

But I was able to burn a smaller project using "max performance" settings.

If the ram was the cause, I would not be able to burn at all ? no ?

I saw on another forum, that several peole had the same problem.
One of them had a brand new G5.

03-14-2005, 07:04 AM
I've bought iLife 05 and now I have no problems.
It works.

03-14-2005, 08:48 AM
RAM is not just "yes/no" but can be marginal as well. Which is why you might want to run memtest overnight.

03-14-2005, 08:51 AM
I will run it tonight.