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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 chapter we are going to take a look at some ways to create great looking DVDs with minimal effort by letting iDVD's automation features do a lot of your work for you. And the first method we are going to look at is called Magic iDVD and you use this when you have a movie or movies on your Mac that you are ready to burn to a DVD, as opposed to when you have movies still sitting on your video camera, in which case you will use OneStep DVD which we'll look at in the next movie. But Magic iDVD is for those times when you have movies or photos you want to burn to a DVD, or when you don't want to spend a lot of time customizing themes or adding buttons or making any other changes. You basically just want to create your project as quickly as possible with minimal effort.
So here in the opening window where iDVD is asking what I want to do, I'm going to Click Magic iDVD. So the interface you see when you are using Magic iDVD, it looks a little bit different than when you are working on a standard iDVD project. But this is basically just a quick way to specify the initial settings of your DVD project and then you can create the project and customize it just as much as you could a regular DVD project. Let's work our way from top to bottom. First we've got our DVD Title. I'm going to call this Bryce Canyon. Then we can choose the theme and you can see we have all the themes available that are installed in our copies of iDVD. I'm currently looking at the 7.0 Themes, but we could choose from the 6.0 Themes, the Old Themes, any Favorites you might have customized or we could look to them All. I'm just going to go with these Stretch theme to this one.
Next, we've two area of what are called the wells. The wells are for the dropping in the movies and photos you want to add to your DVD. And you can grab the photos and movies from your Media Browser or just drag them in from another folder somewhere on your Mac. Let's go to the photo slideshow first. And to do so, all you have to do is drag in the photos you want to use in your slideshow into the photo wells. Now the important thing to note here is that each one of these wells represents a separate slideshow. So don't drag photos into the each one of these wells unless you intend on creating multiple slideshows.
If you just want to create one slideshow, I can just go to my Media Browser, into Photos and I'm just going to use the Bryce Canyon photo album I created previously. If you didn't create a Bryce Canyon photo album in iPhoto and you want to work along with me, you can go into exercise files and use Bryce Canyon pics, which are the same photos. But if I want to create a slideshow, I could just select an image, drag it into the first well and I now have a one photo slideshow. To add more photos to the slideshow, I don't drag next to it or else that would create a second slideshow. Let me drag that out of there. I would drag on top of that current slideshow and now you see we have two slides in that show. And I can drag and select multiple photos and drag them all into that slideshow.
But of course, if I did want to create a multiple slideshow, I could just maybe grab these last four images, drag them to an empty well, and now we have two slideshows. Similarly, if I have movies I want to add to my DVD, I just drag them into the movie wells. So if I go into my exercise files, I have this video called Southern Utah, which I'll drag in, and there it is. If I had more movies I wanted to add, if I go into the Southern Utah folder, maybe I want to grab these first five movies, I would drag them into the well and you can see those are actually distributed among the other movies wells.
They are not stacked on top of each other like in a slideshow. And if I do happen to drag in more movies than there are wells, for instance, if I select two more movies and drag them into this empty well here, you can see that the movie well area just expands into a second row. So you can add as many movies as you like as long as long as you have room on your DVD. I'm actually just going to drag this out of there. So that's pretty much other is to do in the Magic iDVD interface, I have created a title, I chose a theme and I dragged in some movies and photos. And also note that you can, if you want to; drag in movies to your slideshow just by dragging audio files on top of the slideshows.
So if I went to the audio section of my Media Browser, maybe I'll grab song from the jingles area, and I like this Pendulum song. So I'll just drag that on top of one of my slideshows and you can see a little speaker icon appears, telling me that I have added audio to the slideshow. So again that is pretty much all you really do here in the Magic iDVD interface. Now before I create my project with these settings, I do have the option of previewing my DVD as though it were being played in the DVD player. So I can Click Preview. So here is my main menu. Here is the title I created, Bryce Canyon. Now it has the 5 after it, because I have created a couple different projects called Bryce Canyon up to this point, but I'll be able to change that when I go to edit this project.
So you can see we also have our Movies and Slideshow buttons. If I go in to Movies, there are the six movies I dragged in. I can select from any of those six, go back to the main menu, and here is my Slideshow menu and here are the two slideshows I created, and there it is. So I'm pretty happy with this project as I have set it up using Magic iDVD. Now if I wanted to bring this just as it is, I would just come down to the lower right-hand corner and Click the Burn button. iDVD would create the project and ask me to insert a DVD and then it would encode the project and burn the disk and I'll be done.
But I do want to make a couple of more changes to the project, so I'm going to Click Create Project and now I'm looking at the regular iDVD window and I can customize this Magic iDVD generated project just like I could customize any project I created from scratch. So for instance, I could come in here and get rid of that 5 at the end of Bryce Canyon, maybe I want to go in the slideshows and change these names from My Slideshow to Slideshow 1 and Slideshow 2.
I can even go into the slideshows themselves and start rearranging photos or make any of the other changes that we saw you could make when we were looking at how to create slideshows in iDVD. And that is pretty much all there is to Magic iDVD. Again, it's just a really quick way to start assembling your project. Instead of having to decide where to place buttons or movies, you just pick a theme and drag in your assets. iDVD will place these assets into their default places and create your DVD for you, and then you are free to make any changes you want to the project or just burn the DVD as is.
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