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Welcome to the iDVD tutorial. By now, you've completed an iMovie file
and sent it to iDVD. iDVD's main purpose is to encode your movie so that
it can be burned onto DVD-R recordable media. A great deal of power is
used to accomplish this. To ensure that this process goes smoothly, please
heed these warnings:
- Leave iMovie open, but make NO changes - iMovie is still passing
information to iDVD, but if you make the slightest change the encoding
process goes haywire.
- The second warning is to NOT, under any circumstances, click the Slideshow icon, shown below:
This automatically creates a slideshow in iDVD using your photos from iPhoto, which you may have already done in iMovie.
- The third warning / tip is to personalize your DVD menu as soon
as you send your file from iMovie to iDVD. Making changes late in the
encoding process or when the ecoding process is finished will cause
you pain and heartache. Do it at the beginning and then let it be.
Familiarize yourself with the iDVD interface, namely:
- viewing window - shows you the changes you are making
to your DVD menu. The title of your file will appear as the title
of your movie. We will cover customizing this and other fields
in the themes, settings, audio, and photo portions of the tutorial.
- motion - turning the motion for the viewing window
off will allow your project to encode much faster.
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motion is on
motion is off
- preview - preview shows your movie itself. There really
is no reason to view the actual movie during the encoding and
DVD menu personalization process. You can click through your DVD
menu on the viewing window, so I would stay away from the preview
option as it typically does more harm than good.
- slideshow & folder - we will not use these functions
in our projects. If you would like to know more information about
them, the School of Information IT lab has several manuals covering
- customize - the customize icon opens a drawer from
the left of the interface allowing you to make changes to your
DVD menu and check the encoding status of your project.
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