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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 this video I want to show you how to work with and edit text in iDVD, because it's something you will be doing a lot. Whether it's working with the heading of your menus, individual buttons, or just plain text you are placing somewhere on your screen, you're going to need to know how to edit text. And it's pretty easy to do, but there are some things you need to watch out for. On the screen I have the title of the DVD, which is currently the default title for this theme, Revolution and it's called Revolution Main. Main simply means we are on the main screen right now. So unless your DVD movie is called Revolution or Revolution Main, you probably want to change this text.
To do so, you can Click to select the text, wait a second, and then Click it again to highlight it. Notice this gives me a selection of menus below which I can use to change the text, font face, appearance and size, more on that in just a moment. But from here I can start typing over to selected text. Maybe I'm making a DVD of my trip to Southern Utah. So I'll type Southern Utah and when I Click out to deselect that text, you can see how the text will look on the menu, but also notice the text in this theme has changed too. Let me just scrub the playhead and you can see it reads Southern Utah. And it's all over the place. In this theme we have the large Southern Utah text here; we have got some up here and circling around out here.
Not all themes repeat your title like this, but some like this one do, which I think is a pretty cool feature. Now I'll select that text again, Clicking it once, waiting a second, and then Clicking again. Changing the formatting of the text is a simple matter of just making your format selections from the menu below. So maybe I do like the Futura font, but let's make this Condensed ExtraBold, and let's make this a little bit bigger. I'll choose 24 and there that is. So that's pretty straightforward. Now editing your title text is a little different than editing the text in the buttons like we see below. But if you follow the proper procedure of Clicking the text once it's selected, pausing, and then Clicking again, you will have no problem editing the text in buttons.
But if you get overzealous and actually Double-Click buttons like so, iDVD assumes that you actually want the button to do its job and take you to a sub-menu. In this case we are looking at an Extras menu, Revolution Extras. This is like something you might have in a DVD that includes things like deleted scenes or outtakes, and this is an entirely different menu than the one we were just working on. So if you do this be accident, you want to go back to that main menu, so you want to find the Back button, which each sub-menu does have. In this case, it's this little arrow and that will take you back to the main screen.
So just remember, don't Double-Click buttons unless you want to visit the screens they take you to. If you want to edit text, Click, pause, and then single-Click again. Now I can change this menu to say Outtakes and I'll change this one to Deleted Scenes, and that's how easy it is. Incidentally, it is okay to Double- Click the title, since it's not a button and it doesn't take you anywhere. So I can Double-Click that to make my selection. But the Click-pause-Click method is a good habit to get into. So I usually just do that regardless of what kind of text I'm working with.
The third type of text you can add to our screen is just plain old text. Let's say I wanted to personalize the screen with some info about when these footage was shot. So I can choose Project > Add Text. You can see it puts this Click to edit textbox here on my screen. I will Click there and I'll type recorded April 2009, and when you are done typing your text, you can just Click outside of the textbox, so iDVD knows you are done. Pressing Return or Enter on your keyboard makes iDVD think you want to add another line of text, which I don't want to do in this case.
I do want to make this a little bit smaller. So let's make this say, size 14, and then you can move it anywhere you like. Let's move it down here. Now this is the case where I might want to turn on that TV Safe Area we were talking about in the previous video to make sure that this text stays within that area, and I'm going to turn that off. So being able to change the font and size of text is fine and those are usually the two most common changes you will make to text other than what the text actually says. But you have many more options available to you. With your text selected, you can Click the Info button. Now remember that the Info window is a contextual window, meaning that it changes based on what you have selected. My text is highlighted right now, so I see the Text Info window.
If I were to select a button, I would see the Button Info window. It contains the same text editing features, but the Button Info window also has some menus to add custom transitions to your buttons. I'll talk about those later, but for now, I'm just going to select my text again and from the Text Info window I've the same font and size menus, but I also have the areas here to change the color of my text, which is this color well here. And I want to just change this to a solid white color like so, and I can also add a drop shadow behind the text. Now you probably can't see too much going on there, because I'm already on a dark background, but it's there, and you can also change the alignment of the text which is really only useful if you have more than one line of text. So let's add another line of text here.
I will hit Option+G to add a copyright symbol and I'll type my name. So now with two lines of text, I can choose to have that text aligned to the left, to the center, or to the right. I kind of like it aligned to the right, so I'll leave it like that. And incidentally, if you don't know the keyboard commands for special characters like the copyright symbol, just put your cursor where you want that character to appear. I'll just go ahead and delete mine, so I could show you how this works. And then you can choose Edit > Special Characters, and in this window, you will find a ton of special characters, and all you have to do is find the one you need, and I happen to know that the copyright symbol appears under Miscellaneous, and it's right there, but you can see we have several other different symbols we can choose from throughout this window.
With that copyright symbol selected, I'll just Click Insert, and you can see it just gets added to my text where my cursor was. And that's not an iDVD only feature. That goes for just about all Apple created applications. Go and close the menu Info window, and I'm going to turn on the TV Safe Area again to make sure that my text all fits in there. There we go. So you can see we have a lot of options for editing and arranging text in our menus. Again, the most important thing is to get out of the habit of Double-Clicking buttons to edit their text. It's not the end of the world, if you accidentally go to the sub-menus they represent, but it can be pretty annoying if you keep doing it over and over again.
And one other thing I want to mention is that you can format multiple text blocks at once. So if I wanted to say change the color of all three of these buttons at once, I can hold down the Shift key, Click them all, and then open the what is now the Button Info menu, and change their color from here all at once. So if I wanted to make them all bright yellow for instance, I could do that very easily. I actually prefer white, so l will just go ahead and change this to white. Now the only thing you can't do is select buttons and regular text blocks at the same time. So I can't hold Shift, select these buttons and also select my title here, only my title will then be selected.
Even if I try to drag through all four of these items, I can't do that either. I can only select either buttons or regular text. And by the way if you completely mess up your text appearance and you want to start all over from scratch, just select the text and then choose Advanced > Reset Objects to Theme Settings and that will revert the text to its default look for the theme you are working in. and that's how we work with text in iDVD.
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