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iMovie ’09 & iDVD for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide by Jeff Carlson

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1iDVD Overview

HD and iDVD

iMovie can create HD movies, but don’t expect to create a high-definition DVD for now. Blu-ray may have won the HD format war, but currently no Macs support burning to Blu-ray discs. (Software such as Roxio Toast can do so, with the addition of an external Blu-ray disc burner.) As such, iDVD does not support Blu-ray either.

In the meantime, iDVD imports HD projects with ease and converts them into widescreen DV format. True, it’s not the same as seeing the picture at high-definition quality, but it’s a start.

iMovie took a technology dominated by professionals—movie editing—and made it easy for normal people to use. In some ways, though, iDVD is even more impressive.

Quite a lot of highly technical work goes into creating ...

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