Chapter 5. Burn Those DVDs! Using iDVD

In This Chapter

  • Traversing the iDVD window

  • Starting a new iDVD project

  • Tweaking and adjusting your DVD Menu

  • Previewing your (nearly) finished DVD

  • Doing things automatically with OneStep DVD and Magic iDVD

  • Burning a DVD for your friends and family

A number of years ago, I bore witness to yet another proud moment in Apple history: the arrival of a powerful DVD recorder in an affordable computer. The SuperDrive was revolutionary because suddenly folks could create and view their own professional-quality DVDs.

Today the tradition continues: Apple includes iDVD free with today's MacBooks as part of iLife '09. With iDVD, you can easily create beautiful presentations with animation and interactive menus that anyone can watch in a standard DVD player or computer DVD drive. And that, friends and neighbors, is the quintessential definition of cool.

In this chapter, I show you the basics of creating your first home-cooked DVD movie — and you'll even have fun doing it!

Introducing Your Mac to iDVD

Figure 5-1 shows iDVD in all its glory. You have to supply your own digital video clips, background audio, and digital photographs, of course.

iDVD is a jewel of an application — easy to use and powerful to boot.

Figure 5.1. iDVD is a jewel of an application — easy to use and powerful to boot.

Take a moment to appreciate iDVD — no secondary windows to fiddle with or silly palettes strung out everywhere. (Can you tell that I've had my fill of ...

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