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Mac OS® X Snow Leopard™ All-in-One for Dummies® by Mark L. Chambers

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Chapter III.5. Burn Those DVDs! Using iDVD

In This Chapter

  • Traversing the iDVD window

  • Starting a new iDVD project

  • Tweaking and adjusting your DVD Menu

  • Previewing your (nearly) finished DVD

  • Doing things automatically with OneStep DVD and Magic iDVD

  • Burning a DVD for your friends and family

A number of years ago, I bore witness to yet another proud moment in Apple history: the arrival of a powerful DVD recorder in an affordable computer. The SuperDrive was revolutionary because suddenly folks could create and view their own professional-quality DVDs.

Today the tradition continues: Apple includes iDVD free with today's Macs as part of iLife

Burn Those DVDs! Using iDVD

In this chapter, I show you the basics of creating your first home-cooked DVD movie — and you'll even have fun doing it!

Introducing Your Mac to iDVD

Figure 5-1 shows iDVD in all its glory. You have to supply your own digital video clips, background audio, and digital photographs, of course.

iDVD is a jewel of an application — easy to use and powerful to boot.

Figure III.5.1. iDVD is a jewel of an application — easy to use and powerful to boot.

Take a moment to appreciate iDVD — no secondary windows to fiddle with or silly palettes strung out everywhere. (Can you tell that I've had my fill of old-style DVD authoring applications?) Allow me to list the highlights of the iDVD window:

  • Menu display: This section takes up the largest part ...

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