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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.
In the previous movie I created a scene selection menu, which we get to by Double-Clicking our main video button, Double-Clicking Scene Selection. This took me through a series of sub-menus and each sub-menu you create in iDVD always contains a back button somewhere to take you to the previous menu. Eventually, working your way back to the main menu. That works for Deleted Scenes as well. That's only one sub- menu but it also contains the back button to take me back to the main menu. Depending on how complex your DVD might be getting, maybe you have sub-menus within sub-menus within sub-menus, that's a lot of back buttons to be Clicking.
Now most but not all DVD remote controls have a title or menu button on them to take you back to the main menu of the DVD. But some people aren't aware of that button or what it does. So you should provide your viewers with an easy way to get back to the main menu very quickly. Let's go back to the Scene Selection menu. So we are three levels in right now meaning I have to Click the back button on this menu, and then the back button on the next menu to get back to the main menu. Now we have an option under the Project menu called Add Title Menu button. The button that this will add to your menu is going to appear in the same style as the other buttons on this menu. Let me show you what I mean.
So you can see that iDVD adds the Title Menu button in line with the other three buttons that were on this page and it actually has now created two rows of buttons. Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 are in the top row and Chapter 3 and the Title Menu are now in the bottom row. And instead of Title Menu I kind of like Main Menu. It's a little more descriptive to me so I'll just change it to Main. Now with that button selected I'm going to Click the Info button to open the Button Info window and you can see here we have several different options for customizing the look of this button. Now we'll talk more about button customizations a little bit later.
But for now I should at least add a photo here, so I'm going to open my exercise files, go into Bryce Canyon Pics, and I'll just grab IMG_0005 and drag that into the Custom thumbnail area of the Button Info window. And now I have a nice picture inside my Main Menu button. So to test this I just Click the button like a normal button and it takes me back to the main menu right away. So that's just something to keep in mind. If you have a menu that's deep inside several other sub-menus on your DVD, consider adding a Title Menu button.
We probably wouldn't need one for the Deleted Scenes menu because the back button here already takes you right back to the main menu. But again that's kind of a small button and not everybody will know to Click that. So if we wanted to, we could choose Project > Add Title Menu Button again and you can see here again that gets added in the style of the other buttons on this page. And for consistency's sake, I'll make this Main Menu again. And maybe I'll just drag that down a little bit to distinguish it from the other buttons on the page that actually take you to movies. Again, Double-Clicking it will take me back to the main menu. So again that's just a quick and easy way to provide a link back to the main menu of your DVD.
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