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Burning a backup CD or DVD

From: iPhoto '11 Essential Training

Video: Burning a backup CD or DVD

Backing up your iPhoto library or parts of your library is very important because you don't want your images just to live on one hard drive. So I'm going to show you a couple methods for doing that. In this movie right here I'm going to show you backing up to DVD. Now DVDs only have about four plus gigs of space, so if you have a large iPhoto library, you're not going to back everything up on it, but DVDs have their place because you can make a bunch of them and have them in different locations.

Burning a backup CD or DVD

Backing up your iPhoto library or parts of your library is very important because you don't want your images just to live on one hard drive. So I'm going to show you a couple methods for doing that. In this movie right here I'm going to show you backing up to DVD. Now DVDs only have about four plus gigs of space, so if you have a large iPhoto library, you're not going to back everything up on it, but DVDs have their place because you can make a bunch of them and have them in different locations.

So one strategy that I think is good is to back up your favorite shots. We've talked about rating photos and pulling together collections of your best shots, like we did here or like I've done here, this album, and so you can burn an iPhoto DVD of your best stuff and date it and then that way you know that if something terrible happens at least you have your very good images. The other problem is if you back up the entire library, the backup procedure seems to draw from the Trash.

It seems to draw from MobileMe if you have that and you're going to end up with a lot of cruft that you may not want. So controlling the backup when you're doing DVD seems like a good way to go. Let me show you how that works. We're going to back up this album of my Favorite Vacation shots. I'm going to go up to Share > Burn and I get this message, yes so we have a DVD ready to go. Now we'll just wait for a second, because as you know DVD technology is not the fastest in the universe. And here we go.

So we have 12 photos in this album and 12 photos down here and of course it tells us that practically the rest of the DVD is available. These are one-shot burns. You don't get to do multiple sessions with this. So now I'm going to click Burn and we'll let the DVD burner do its work. One thing I might mention while we're waiting for the burn to complete is that you can label this anything that you want.

You can customize this label. So you might want to give it the album name and the date or something like that and that will make it easier to keep track of your different DVDs. We have now successfully backed up our images onto DVD. The thing that I want to remind you is that this can only be read by iPhoto and what you do is then you take that DVD and when you have a new iPhoto Library or a different iPhoto Library, you can actually import the information that's on that DVD and it will bring it in to a different iPhoto Library and so it's a iPhoto to iPhoto backup.

I think it's a good strategy for your highly rated photos and especially if you want to keep them in different locations, which is never a bad idea. Well, I want to show that our backed up DVD actually works. So what I did was I opened a different iPhoto library and I inserted the DVD into the drive and it shows up here in the Shared. Increase the Shared in the Library pane here and we get our DVD and we get Events. We actually get our Places material. Look at this. With pins, we get our last 12 months.

Now what we actually backed up was the album Favorite Vacation and we see that we have Favorite Vacation right here, fully functional, and if we had flagged images they would show up also. So this is in addition to the library that you have open. So essentially, what you can do is be working with your library and you've backed up great shots and you've kept track of them on DVD, you can put the DVD in the player.

It will show up here in the Shared thing and then you could grab these photos if you want to and drag them into your regular iPhoto library. So it is a handy way and I will reiterate that I think it's particularly good for backing up your best stuff. So here's back up to DVD and I also want to show you back up to hard drive, so make sure you check out the next movie.

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iPhoto '11 Essential Training

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  1. 4m 58s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 49s
    3. What's new in iPhoto '11?
      1m 39s
    4. OS X Mavericks 10.9 iPhoto version update NEW
      21s
  2. 20m 33s
    1. Preparing to install iPhoto '11
      3m 2s
    2. Launching iPhoto for the first time and updating your existing Library
      4m 4s
    3. Importing images from your camera
      4m 50s
    4. Importing photo files
      4m 3s
    5. Importing movies
      2m 17s
    6. Working in Full Screen view
      2m 17s
  3. 40m 53s
    1. Importing the exercise files and organizing by Event
      1m 59s
    2. Understanding Events
      3m 43s
    3. Hiding photos
      1m 50s
    4. Flagging photos
      3m 3s
    5. Finding people using Faces
      3m 52s
    6. Adding people to Faces
      2m 8s
    7. Managing the Faces corkboard
      2m 14s
    8. Organizing by location with Places
      2m 9s
    9. Geotagging images
      7m 4s
    10. Creating albums
      1m 54s
    11. Viewing albums in Full Screen mode
      3m 37s
    12. Creating Smart Albums
      3m 36s
    13. Creating folders
      1m 46s
    14. Exploring the Project view
      1m 58s
  4. 17m 15s
    1. Understanding metadata
      3m 1s
    2. Rating your photos
      4m 27s
    3. Displaying photos by rating
      2m 57s
    4. Adding keywords
      3m 13s
    5. Finding photos by keyword
      3m 37s
  5. 29m 6s
    1. Switching to Edit mode
      2m 3s
    2. Cropping photos
      3m 30s
    3. Straightening photos
      1m 37s
    4. Making automatic corrections with Enhance
      2m 18s
    5. Removing red-eye
      3m 5s
    6. Retouching photos
      3m 10s
    7. Rotating photos
      1m 39s
    8. Using the Effects palette
      4m 8s
    9. Duplicating photos
      3m 5s
    10. Reverting to the original
      2m 4s
    11. Comparing photos while editing
      2m 27s
  6. 34m 53s
    1. Working in the Adjust tab
      1m 0s
    2. Adjusting levels
      4m 12s
    3. Adjusting exposure and contrast
      3m 31s
    4. Adjusting color saturation
      3m 43s
    5. Adjusting definition
      2m 10s
    6. Adjusting highlights and shadows
      2m 26s
    7. Adjusting sharpness and reducing noise
      4m 19s
    8. Adjusting temperature and tint
      4m 19s
    9. Copying adjustments and pasting them to multiple photos
      3m 51s
    10. Working with RAW files in iPhoto
      5m 22s
  7. 25m 42s
    1. Emailing photos from iPhoto
      4m 22s
    2. Emailing photos the old-fashioned way
      4m 5s
    3. Setting up your email account in iPhoto
      3m 43s
    4. Sharing your photos via Facebook
      3m 16s
    5. Sharing your photos via Flickr
      4m 35s
    6. Sharing your photos via MobileMe
      1m 26s
    7. Creating a web gallery
      4m 15s
  8. 20m 59s
    1. Creating a slideshow
      1m 46s
    2. Customizing slideshow settings
      5m 2s
    3. Exporting a slideshow to QuickTime
      4m 19s
    4. Managing movies in your iPhoto library
      5m 26s
    5. Creating a DVD from iPhoto
      4m 26s
  9. 41m 45s
    1. Exporting photos
      4m 57s
    2. Printing photos
      7m 57s
    3. Ordering prints
      2m 22s
    4. Creating a calendar
      7m 11s
    5. Creating a photo book
      7m 40s
    6. Selecting output options for your photo book
      4m 6s
    7. Creating greeting cards
      4m 15s
    8. Setting output options for your greeting cards
      2m 11s
    9. Viewing all your calendars, books, and cards
      1m 6s
  10. 16m 14s
    1. Customizing iPhoto preferences
      7m 7s
    2. Burning a backup CD or DVD
      4m 37s
    3. Backing up to an external hard drive
      1m 53s
    4. Creating iPhoto libraries and switching between them
      2m 37s
  11. 1m 45s
    1. Final thoughts
      1m 45s

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