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Adding DVD-ROM content

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Video: Adding DVD-ROM content

I've previously mentioned that, in addition to the videos and photos you can include on your DVD to be accessible from the main menu, you can also include files that will be accessible on the DVD -ROM portion of the DVD. And again, the DVD-ROM portion is the content that will show up when someone puts your DVD into a computer, rather than into a set -top DVD player. Once we put the disc into the computer, it will show up as a data disc and then they can grab or copy any of the files that you happen to have put there for them. So, for example, I previously mentioned that when you create a slideshow, you can open Settings and choose to add your image files to the DVD-ROM. So if you wanted to include the full original resolution versions of the images, you would check that option, Click OK, and then the people with a copy of the disc would then be able to grab those images off the DVD-ROM and print out their own copies or do whatever they like with the files you provide.

Adding DVD-ROM content

I've previously mentioned that, in addition to the videos and photos you can include on your DVD to be accessible from the main menu, you can also include files that will be accessible on the DVD -ROM portion of the DVD. And again, the DVD-ROM portion is the content that will show up when someone puts your DVD into a computer, rather than into a set -top DVD player. Once we put the disc into the computer, it will show up as a data disc and then they can grab or copy any of the files that you happen to have put there for them. So, for example, I previously mentioned that when you create a slideshow, you can open Settings and choose to add your image files to the DVD-ROM. So if you wanted to include the full original resolution versions of the images, you would check that option, Click OK, and then the people with a copy of the disc would then be able to grab those images off the DVD-ROM and print out their own copies or do whatever they like with the files you provide.

But you can also include any other kind of file you want. You can include movie files, word processing documents, web pages. Basically anything you can save on a computer you can put on the disc as long as you have a room. So to add DVD content, go to Advanced > Edit DVD-ROM Contents, and you can see in this window that opens, I already have a folder called Slideshows and it contains the images that I have used in my Bryce Canyon Slideshow. We can add other content to our DVD- ROM simply by Clicking the New Folder button, i.e., if you want to keep things organized, you don't have to create a new folder if you don't want to. But I'm going to create one here called Movies. Maybe I want to include some QuickTime movies on the disc.

Then with that Movies folder selected, I can choose Add Files. I'm going to go out to my Desktop, into exercise files, and into Southern Utah. I've got a bunch of movies here, I'm just going to hold down Shift and select the first two movies just to show you this is an example and Click Open. Now when I look in that Movies folder, there are the two movies that I've now been added to my DVD-ROM. But I won't be able to see the results of this until I actually burn my DVD. But remember, you can also keep an eye on how much space you're taking up on your DVD by going to Project > Project Info. We go and close the DVD-ROM Contents window there. You can see here that my DVD-ROM content is now 177 megabytes. By looking at the colored bar I can see how much space the other items are currently taking up on my DVD.

For example, menus are taking up 109 megabytes, you can see the blue bar right there. The actual Movies themselves are taking up 262 megabytes, again, you can see that sort of turquoise bar there. I just have a tiny, sliver of purple indicating that slideshows are only taking up a small portion, in this case, 21 megabytes up my DVD-ROM. So you can come in here and just keep an eye on how much space all the content of your DVD is taking up, whether it's the DVD-ROM portion, the slideshows, the menus or all of them altogether. In this case, I'm taking up a total of 569 megabytes.

So that's how we add additional content to the DVD-ROM portion of our DVD projects. It's not something you're required to do by any means, but it's a nice ability to have if you want to include some extra files along with your DVDs.

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