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Using the DVD map

From: iDVD '09 Essential Training

Video: Using the DVD map

The last automation feature I want to show you isn't really an automation feature, but it's a different and sometimes faster way to create your DVD project. We've seen that you can build your DVD by starting from, say, the main menu and dragging in movies or photos or creating sub-menus and building pages off of those, and that process works great. But I'd like to show you another method here using the DVD Map. Now we've already taken a brief look at the DVD Map, but we are going to go into a little more depth here. And actually, I'm going to open up my Southern Utah DVD project that we have been working on through out this tutorial, because it's a closest to being complete. So I'm just going to not bother saving that project. I'm done here. And this is my Southern Utah project.

Using the DVD map

The last automation feature I want to show you isn't really an automation feature, but it's a different and sometimes faster way to create your DVD project. We've seen that you can build your DVD by starting from, say, the main menu and dragging in movies or photos or creating sub-menus and building pages off of those, and that process works great. But I'd like to show you another method here using the DVD Map. Now we've already taken a brief look at the DVD Map, but we are going to go into a little more depth here. And actually, I'm going to open up my Southern Utah DVD project that we have been working on through out this tutorial, because it's a closest to being complete. So I'm just going to not bother saving that project. I'm done here. And this is my Southern Utah project.

Now I can look at the DVD Map to show you what a fairly complex DVD project looks like in Map view. As your DVD project gets larger it and as you start to add more sub-menus or slideshows or movies, keeping track of everything on the DVD from just the main menu can get kind of difficult. The DVD Map gives you a nice organized graphical representation of every single item on your DVD. Each of these squares or icons represents an item on your DVD, whether it's a movie, a menu, or a slideshow. The icon in the upper left-hand corner tells you what kind of items it is. So we have a movie icon, a photo icon, which is basically a menu. I scroll down a bit. We've got a slideshow icon.

The lines drawn from one icon to another tells you that item can be accessed on the menu that it's connected to. So you can see off the main menu here there is a line to Southern Utah Trip. That's a sub-menu and there is another line off of that to Play Movie, but you can also from that Southern Utah Trip menu access our Scene Selections. You can Click the triangles on the right -hand side of the icons to hide or show all of those sub-menus connected of that menu. Also you can change this from a left to right layout to a top-down layout using the buttons in the lower left-hand corner. So now we are looking top-down and you can see there is a slider to zoom out from your map, which can give you a good overview of your entire project.

Let me go ahead and switch back to left to right view. Let's make that a little bit bigger. But the Map view isn't just for examining your existing content. From here you can also add new menus, movies and slideshows, and if you have a good idea of how you want your DVD laid out, this can be much quicker than creating the links to the content from the main menu. Let's create a new project. I'm just going to save this on my Desktop and call it Bryce Canyon, and I'll switch over to Map view in this new blank project.

I know I want to have a main movie that will play right off the main menu and I want a sub-menu of deleted scenes and I also want to add a slideshow of photos. In the previous chapter we did this all from the main menu by coming in here and choosing to add a sub-menu, add a movie, or add a slideshow. Let's go back to the Map. Watch how quickly I can do this from here in the Map. With the main menu selected, I can just choose Add Submenu, Add Movie, and Add Slideshow. So now I have these placeholders for these items. And if I leave Map view, you can see those placeholders have been added to the menu. And to add content to these menus, I just need to find the content that I want to add, let's go into my exercise files here, and I'll add Southern Utah to the Movie icon. I'll drag my Bryce Canyon photos to My Slideshow. And notice if I Double-Click My Slideshow, I can go in and edit the slideshow just like any other slideshow, because it is just a regular slideshow at this point. So let's go back to our Map.

Now I also know I have three deleted scenes I want to link from the sub-menu I created. Now I could just select it and then choose Add Movie three times, but instead I'm going to go find the movies I want to add, and again I'm dragging these in from my exercise files folder. If you want to drag in from your Media Browser, that will work as well. Now I'm going to drag these three movies onto that sub-menu, and you can see that it instantly adds those movies to that sub-menu. If I go look at that sub-menu, there they are Deleted Scenes 1, 2, and 3. Clicking on any of those takes me to those deleted scenes. Let's go back to the Map view again.

So I think you'll agree that this is a really quick way to layout and build your entire DVD. It does really helps if you have a good idea of how your DVD is going to be designed, but you can still play around in here by adding and deleting sub-menus, movies, and photos as much as you like. If you change your mind about a menu that you added, for instance, maybe I want to delete this sub-menu. All I have to do is select it and hit the Delete key on my keyboard. But note that also deleted the three movies connected to that menu. Let me choose Edit > Undo. If I want to get rid of this menu, but keep the movies I can Right-Click or Ctrl+Click that icon and choose Smart Delete. That removes the menu, but it keeps the items linked from it and moves those items up to the link from the next available menu, which in this case is the main menu.

If I go and check out the main menu, you can see that those deleted scenes have now been added to the main menu. And of course, if I did that by accident, I can just hit Command+Z on my keyboard until I get that menu back. Now lastly, you might also notice that the Map also displays these little warning symbols in the lower left-hand corners of the icons. These let you know that something needs to be checked out on one of the menus before you burn the disk. So for instance, if I rollover them, I'll see messages like menu has empty drop zones, and this one also has an empty drop zones.

So for example, if I go into this menu and open its Drop Zone editor, you can see there are actually three drop zones there. Let's just occupy those by dragging in some photos from our Media Browser. There we go. And now if I go back to the Map view, I can see that warning icon has now disappeared. So that's iDVD's Map view. A great way not only to checkout how your DVD is laid out, but also a great way to quickly build your entire project.

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