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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.
By now, if you've been watching this tutorial from the beginning, you should have a pretty good idea of how to use iDVD in terms of selecting a theme, adding content like videos and photos and customizing the overall look of your themes by changing buttons, adding additional menus and so on. But there may be times when you'll prefer to Bypass the use themes altogether and just create a DVD that once it has popped into a DVD player will just automatically start playing a movie. This will be the quickest way to create a DVD. You wouldn't have to worry about choosing or customizing themes at all and it's very easy to do.
Let's open up the DVD Map, which we'll be taking a closer look at in the next chapter, but basically the DVD map is a visual depiction of your entire DVD hierarchy. It shows you which menus are connected to which movies or sub-menus and so on. For example, we have our main menu right here Southern Utah Trip and you can see connected to that is another menu called Southern Utah Trip and connected to that we have Play Movie and then we have our Scene selection menu, Chapters 1-3, and connected to that we have our three different Chapters, 1, 2 and 3.
Going back off our main menu, you can see that we are also connected to Deleted Scenes and connected to Deleted Screens; we have Deleted Scenes 1, 2 and 3. And the third item we have off the main menu is our Bryce Canyon slide show. So you can see this just maps out our entire DVD for us. But that's not really what I want to look at right now. What I want to show you here is the very first item in the upper left hand corner. This is called the Project icon. It says Drag content here to automatically play when the disk is inserted.
So to show you this, I'm going to create a new project, so I don't have to worry about messing up the one I currently have open. So I'm going to choose File > New. And to my Desktop, I'll just use the default name here of My Great DVD. Leave it at Widescreen. So this is a new DVD project and you can see a theme has already been chosen by default, which is the previous theme I was working with. But I don't want to use a theme in this case. I just want to put my Southern Utah movie onto the DVD and then have the DVD automatically start playing as soon as it's inserted into a DVD player.
So I'll open the DVD Map again, and again you can see the main menu right here. But I'm going to ignore that and instead, I'm going to go into my exercise files and I'm going to drag my Southern Utah movie over the Project icon. Anything you drag into the Project icon will be the first thing that plays when the DVD is inserted into a DVD player. You could use this if you wanted to put a message out to appear before the main menu appeared, kind of like, those FBI piracy warnings you see at the beginning of commercial DVDs.
So whatever you put in the Project icon will play and then when the end of that movie is reached, the main menu will display. But in this case, I want to prevent the main menu from ever showing up at all. So with the Project icon selected I'm going to choose Advanced > Loop movie. Notice that puts a little Loop icon in the lower right hand corner of the Project icon. And that's really all that is to it. This movie will now play over and over and over again, as soon as the disk is put into a DVD player and it won't stop until somebody manually stops it. Creating an endless loop could be useful in situations like, if you have an information kiosk where you want a video to play without any supervision or interaction.
So that's how you create a DVD in which you can completely bypass having to use themes or menus or any other decorative or interactive elements. Just drag the movie into the Project icon, choose Advanced > Loop movie, burn the disk and you're done.
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