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iDVD switches into Preview mode, which simulates how your disc will behave
when inserted into a DVD player. This is a great chance to put your DVD-
in-waiting through its paces before wasting an expensive blank disc.
When everything in the DVD looks good, you’re ready to master your disc. Insert
a blank disc in your SuperDrive and click the Burn button (just to the right of
the volume slider).
Extra Credit: Self-Playing Slideshows
As you work on your DVD menu structure, iDVD builds a handy map behind
the scenes. You can use it to add or delete DVD elements, and you can double-
click one of the icons to open the corresponding menu, movie, or slideshow.
To view the map, just click the Map button at the bottom of the main iDVD window
(Figure 13-8). The element you were working on appears with colored highlighting.
(Click the Map button again to return to the menu screen you were working on.)
But the map is more than just a pretty navigational aid. It also makes possible a self-
playing slideshow, one that plays automatically when the DVD is inserted, before your
viewers even touch their remote controls.
The iDVD Slideshow
The Map view is most
useful when you’re creat-
ing a complex DVD with
nested menu screens, like
one you might rent from
But for slideshow purposes,
its most useful feature is
the AutoPlay icon. Any pic-
tures or albums you drag
onto this tile begin to play
automatically when you
insert the DVD into a DVD
Map buttonAutoPlay icon
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Once you’ve got the Photos list open in the Media pane, as shown in Figure 13-8,
you can also drag an entire iPhoto album onto the AutoPlay icon. Alternatively, in
the Customize panel, you can click and c-click just the photos you want, and then
drag them en masse onto the AutoPlay icon. In fact, you can even drag photos—as a
group or in a folder—right out of the Finder and onto this icon.
To control how long your still image remains on the screen, or how quickly your
autoplay slideshow plays, double-click the AutoPlay tile. You arrive at the slideshow
editor shown in Figure 13-6, where you can adjust the timing, transition, and even
the audio that plays behind the pictures.
If you decide to replace your autoplay material, just drag new stuff right onto it. Or,
to eliminate the autoplay segment, drag it right off the AutoPlay tile. It disappears in
a little puff of Mac OS X cartoon smoke.
You can design a project that way for the beneﬁt of, for example, technophobic DVD
novices whose pupils dilate just contemplating using a remote control. They can just
insert your autoplay-only DVD and sit back on the couch as the pictures ﬂash by
It’s even possible to create a DVD that consists only of autoplay material, a slideshow
that repeats endlessly during, say, your cocktail reception—no menu screen ever ap-
pears. Just highlight the autoplay tile and then choose AdvancedÆLoop Slideshow.
You’ve got yourself a self-running, self-repeating slideshow of digital photos that plays
on a TV at a party or wedding reception. The DVD will loop endlessly—or at least
until it occurs to someone in your audience to press the Menu or Title button on
the remote. The Menu button redisplays the previous menu screen; the Title button
causes a return to the main menu.
Extra Credit: Self-