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Chapter 10. Play a DVD Movie

You've probably heard a lot about DVD movies. The "DVD" stands for Digital Video Disk, and the disk itself looks just like any other music cd or software cd you might have. An advantage of a DVD movie over a videotape is that you can watch a DVD on a smaller machine without having to hook up a vcr (some DVD players are even handheld). Also, you can choose to see different "chapters" of the movie, easily view just the parts you want, choose subtitles in a different language or hear the audio in a different language, and there are usually extra features like outtakes or interviews or inside information. Different DVD movies offer different features, so if you rent or buy one, check the box to see what "bonus material" it offers.

Not all iMacs can play a DVD, and you can't tell by looking at the computer whether yours will play a DVD or not because the video disk uses the cd player; there isn't an extra piece of equipment for the DVD. Check your Apple menu—if your iMac can play DVDs, you will have an item called "Apple DVD Player" in the menu, as shown to the right.


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