DVD Architect disc space used much larger than actual file

andy-z wrote on 5/23/2020, 10:40 AM



So I am fairly new to DVD Architect, as I am an Adobe Creative Cloud user. I recently decided to try using DVD Architect for my disk authoring instead of Encore because Encore isn't really supported anymore.


Anyway, the issue I am having is I render out my project from Adobe Premiere Pro (the file size is about 4.1GB WITH audio). When I load that exact MPEG-2 file into DVD Architect, immediately it says disc space used is 5.7GB, which is considerably larger than what the actualy file is. "Optimize disc" doesn't seem to be an option or let me do anything, so I am just wondering what the deal is and how I can fix this, if I even can?


vkmast wrote on 5/23/2020, 10:50 AM

The first paragraph here still seems to apply re estimating the sizes.

andy-z wrote on 5/23/2020, 10:53 AM

I see that, but DVD Architect doesn't even allow me to burn to a disc because it says the project too large, which just isn't true. It gives me an error every time I have tried.

vkmast wrote on 5/23/2020, 10:59 AM

From here : "If the estimated file size is a bit too big, Prepare (not burn) the DVD folder anyway and see how it turns out. An estimate is an estimate."

Or try ImgBurn instead.

Former user wrote on 5/23/2020, 1:21 PM

Many users do not burn with DVDA. There have been issues in the past, one of them being what you are experiencing. I always creat either an ISO or a folder and use IMGBURN to actually burn the disk. Never have any problems that way. DVDA is notorious for overestimating size.

Chienworks wrote on 6/5/2020, 3:27 PM

Although, the incorrect size estimate happens long before one gets to the burning stage, so it may still tell you that your project is way too big even before you prepare. If the prepared files are going to fit, then they'll fit no matter what software you burn with, even DVD Architect. So it's not the burning process, but the project evaluation process when you create your DVD project that has the error. I've seen estimates as high as double and still had the resulting prepared files be the correct size. I don't really go for any fancy menues, and i always use source files that are already compliant and don't have to be re-rendered, so i know if the files i dump into DVDA add up to 4.2GB, then the resulting prepare isn't going to be bigger than 4.25GB no matter what the estimate says.

If i'm doing a one-off project i usually burn in DVD Architect just because i'm already there. But if i'm doing a run of multiple discs i usually use Nero. In addition to being substantially faster than DVDA's burning program (dunno why, but DVDA always seems to just pause for a few minutes several times during the process), it also lets me connect multiple USB burners and burn a bunch of copies simultaneously. I think i've run 5 at a time before.