In This Chapter
Burning a DVD from a video camcorder
Creating a DVD with the Magic iDVD option
Working with iDVD projects
If you simply want to share digital photographs and movies with others, you could burn your pictures and movies as separate files onto a DVD. Friends and family could see your pictures or movies, but they'd have to search through the DVD's folders to find each individual file. Although this method works, it makes looking at pictures and movies about as tedious as browsing a hard drive to find word processor or spreadsheet documents.
To make DVDs useful for both storing and presenting digital pictures and movies, use the iDVD program. iDVD lets you create photo slideshows or movies complete with menus and graphics that can play on almost any recent or new DVD player. If you ever dreamed of creating your own Hollywood-style DVDs to present your home movies or digital photographs, iDVD can help you achieve your dreams.
To create a DVD, iDVD gives you three choices:
OneStep DVD: Transfers a video directly from a digital video camcorder or movie file to a DVD.
Magic iDVD: Provides a variety of DVD templates that you can modify for creating menus to organize the content of digital photographs and movies stored on the DVD.
A DVD project: Lets you create custom DVD menus and graphics for storing and presenting digital photographs and movies.
To burn DVDs using iDVD, you need a Mac with a DVD drive that can write to DVD discs. If your Mac's ...