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Once you are done working on your iDVD project, at least for the foreseeable future, you might want to create an archive of your project so you can always bring it up again to burn another copy or to make additional edits. Creating an archive also provides you a way to get the potentially space-hogging large video files off your Mac and onto a backup disk if necessary. Because if you are like me, you might have your DVD project file scattered all over your Mac. I have movies on my Desktop, in my Movies folders; I have photos on my Desktop, as well as in iPhoto. And iDVD is linking to all of these assets in their current location. If I were to move or rename any of these items, iDVD will not be able to find them and my project would be broken. For example, in my current Southern Utah Trip project when I click on Southern Utah and Play Movie, (Music plays.) it plays my movie, just like it's supposed to.
(Music plays.) And the movie it's currently playing is located inside my exercise files and it's called Southern Utah. But if I were to rename this maybe just to South Utah and now I go and try to play that movie again. I get this message telling me that there is a broken link. iDVD can no longer find my video. I'll go ahead and change that back. And once it's changed back and I come back in here now the movie does play. (Music plays.) So you don't want to move or rename the assets you are using in your active iDVD projects but when you are done with your project, you will probably want to collect all of the assets together and create an archive. Now we create a Project Archive by choosing File > Archive Project. It will ask me to save the Southern Utah Trip Archived file somewhere on my computer, I could save it to my Desktop, if I wanted to. But we also have some options here.
If you want to include the themes you used in the archive, you can keep Include Themes checked. Notice we have a Size indicator here telling us how much space we might save if we didn't include the theme and it's only 2 MB in this case, so that's not a big deal. You can also choose to Include encoded files. Unless you are really short on space, I highly suggest including the encoded files, so when you do eventually open this archive up to burn another copy, you won't have to wait for iDVD to re-encode everything again before burning. But that will add significant file size to your archive. If I uncheck that it will go from 605 to 331, which is nearly half the size. But again, I highly suggest you include encoded files.
Again, creating an archive creates a copy of your project keeping all of its elements together and properly linked within the project file. You can then move that archive to another hard drive or another Mac and open it any time down the road again to work on it or to burn another the copy of the DVD, and just like I did before, let me cancel that and let me quit iDVD for the moment. I have already made an Archive on my Desktop so you can see what the final product looks like. And you can see it's just a file with the extension dvdproj for DVD project. So if I Right-Click on this file and bring up its Info, you can see that its File Size is about 646 MB. Now the original project file this came from, which is this file here, if I bring up its Info, it's only about 287 MB, which again is about the size of the project without the encoded files included.
So this archive file really does contain my entire project. So I can now move this archive to another hard drive or another Mac and then open it any time down the road to work on it again or burn a copy to a DVD. Creating an Archive file is probably a good idea for any project when you are done with it, because it gives you a quick way to bring all of your assets together into a single file. So even if you don't plan on moving your files to another drive or Mac, it's nice to create an archive so you just have that single file for your entire DVD project.
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