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et’s face it. Most of the methods iPhoto gives you to show off your prize
photos are geek techniques like sending them by email, posting them on a Web
page, turning them into a desktop picture, and so on. All of these methods
involve making your audience sit, hunched and uncomfortable, around a computer
Now imagine seating them instead in front of the big-screen TV in the family room,
turning down the lights, cranking up the surround sound, and grabbing the DVD
remote to show off the latest family photos.
You can do it. Thanks to iDVD (part of the iLife package), you can create DVD-based
slideshows from your photo collection, complete with soundtracks and navigational
menus and screens just like the DVDs you rent from Blockbuster.
This chapter covers the basics of how to bring your photos from iPhoto to iDVD and
how to customize, preview, and burn your slideshows once you’ve exported them to
The iDVD Slideshow
You don’t actually need iPhoto to create a slideshow in iDVD. By itself, iDVD has all
the tools you need to create interactive DVDs that include movies and soundtracks
as well as slideshows.
But using iPhoto can save you a lot of time and trouble. You can use iPhoto to preview,
edit, and organize all your photos into albums. Then, once your photos are arranged
into neatly organized albums, one click hands them off to iDVD, which converts
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them into a DVD-readable format. iDVD also hooks up all the navigational links and
menus needed to present the show.
Creating an iDVD Slideshow
Creating a DVD of your own photos entails choosing the photos that you’ve orga-
nized in iPhoto, selecting a theme, building menus, and conﬁguring the settings that
determine how your slideshow will look and operate. Finally, you can preview the
entire DVD (without actually burning a disc) to test navigation, pacing, and other
settings. When the whole thing looks right, you burn the ﬁnal disc.
You can begin in either of two ways: from iPhoto or from iDVD. The following pages
walk you through both methods.
Starting in iPhoto
By beginning your odyssey in iPhoto, you can save a few steps.
You can select a freely chosen batch of individual photos (see the selection tricks
on page 114) or you can click almost anything in the Source list—like an album,
smart album, Last 12 Months icon, or whatever.
If you select a slideshow icon, you’ll commit the entire slideshow, complete with
transition effects and music (Chapter 8), to DVD. (Once it’s in iDVD, however,
you won’t be able to make changes to the slides or music.)
You can even select multiple albums in the Source list at once. If you want to include
an entire Event in the slideshow, click Events and then click the Event thumbnail.
Either way, you can’t have more than 99 photos in a slideshow.
Tip: Remember that any photos that aren’t in a 4:3 aspect ratio will wind up ﬂanked by black bars when
displayed on a standard TV set.
The iDVD Slideshow
If you don’t see an iDVD
button at the bottom of the
iPhoto window, you can
trigger the command by
choosing Send to iDVD from
the Share menu.
Or, if you’d rather install an
iDVD button at the bottom
of the window for quicker
access, choose ShareÆShow
in ToolbarÆSend to iDVD.