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iDVD '09 connects with other iLife '09 applications to create slick, professional-looking DVDs incorporating pictures, movies, and music. In iDVD '09 Essential Training, Garrick Chow takes a detailed look at how to create a DVD using Apple's built-in shortcuts or the provided customized templates. Users will see how to build menus and submenus, automatically create scene selection menus, and archive the final project on a disk or as a disk image. Exercise files accompany the course.
What we've essentially done so far with this project is create the wrapper for our media. iDVD is really about packaging your movies and other media whether you created the movies in iMovie or some other editing program into a nice container that makes it easy for your viewers to access your media. So let's start adding actual content to our DVD project. In my exercise files folder, I've a file in here called Southern Utah, which is a movie I created in iMovie and exported. Again, I'll be talking about how to get movies from iMovie into iDVD a little bit later, but for now you just need to know this movie is sitting here in my exercise files folder. This is going to be for lack of a better term, the main feature or the future presentation of my DVD.
Now to add this to my DVD, I could go to File > Import > Video, but who uses menu commands when you could just drag something in? I'm going to grab that video file and just drag it into my iDVD project. Now I'm going to make sure I don't drag it into the drop zone or else iDVD will think I want to make this movie a drop zone movie and display it in a loop here in the menu, but I want to make this movie the actual content of the DVD. So I'm going to drag it up above the drop zone into this blank area and release, and iDVD automatically creates a menu item for it. This is what my viewers will Click to start Now you might want to rename this, especially since it might be confusing that I have a title called Southern Utah Trip and the video itself is called Southern Utah, so maybe I'll Click it once and then Click it again.
Then I could call it something like Play Main Video. That way when this menu appears, all my users' DVD players don't know exactly what to do with that button. That's really all there is to adding a video to your DVD. If that's all I wanted to add to my DVD I can Click the Burn button and create the final DVD from here. But of course, I'm going to be doing a little more to this DVD before we're ready to burn it. But just to show you how this will work, I'll Click the Play button to preview this project as if it were in my DVD player. (Music plays.) So we saw that nice opening animation.
My button appears and it's highlighted because it is the only button available on the menu. So I'll Click it and then when I Click it you'll see that Outro animation occurs. There it goes and now it's playing my video. (Music plays.) Again, this is just a video I put together in iMovie. (Music plays.) When I'm done previewing, I can just Click the Stop button and go back to the iDVD interface.
So adding a movie to your iDVD project is a simple matter of dragging it into a non-drop zone area of your DVD menu. Now let me also mention that if you have iMovie projects or movies in the Movies folder found in your Home folder, you can get to them from the Media Browser under Movies and in here you'll see your collection of iMovie movies. Now some of them can't be used right away. You can see the message here. It says, "This iMovie project can't be used because it hasn't been prepared for sharing yet." I'll be talking about how to set up your iMovie movies for use in iDVD in the last movie of this chapter.
But under Movies we can also access any movies in our Home movie folder, in our iTunes library and if I have movies in, say, my iPhoto library, my iPhoto library will show up in here as well. For me, I know that I do, in my personal Mac at home, I do have a lot of movies in my iPhoto library because I take a lot of videos of my son with my Digital Still Camera and those movies end up in iPhoto when I import my pictures. So I can easily access them here in iDVD from the Media Browser. If you have movies in your copy of iTunes, you can select them from here as well. The one exception is you can't import into iDVD any copyrighted content that you might have purchased from the iTunes store, like TV shows or movies.
iDVD is purposely designed so you can't burn that kind of stuff to a DVD. Just like I could do with music as we saw on the previous movie, if I have any other folders on my Mac where I store movies, I can drag those folders into the Media Browser under Movies here in iDVD so I can get to them quickly and easily. Alternately, you can go to iDVD, Preferences, to Movies, and under "Look for my movies in these folders ,"you can Click Add then hunt for any other folders on your Mac that contain movies you might want to use in your iDVD projects.
So now we've added the main feature to our DVD. If I had any other movies that I wanted to have available right off the main menu, I mean, if I wanted other videos that would be Clickable from right here in the main menu, I could just drag them in like I did with the Southern Utah video. But I've a folder in my exercise files of deleted scenes and these are three separate movies. I'd like to create a sub-menu in my DVD project for those movies. So I'll show you how to do that, next.
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