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Chapter 4. iDVD > Background and audio settings

Background and audio settings

There are a couple of ways to customize a menu background. You can drag a photo or a movie into the “Background” well (shown to the right), or you can drag a photo or movie into the background area of the existing menu.

To mute a menu soundtrack, click the tiny speaker icon in the bottom-right corner of the Audio well.

When you drag a movie file or photo into the “Background” well, any drop zone that may have been included in the selected theme is removed. If you want to keep the drop zone as part of the menu design, Option-drag the movie you want to use as a menu background to the menu area, but not into the drop zone area. The drop zone remains and you can drag another movie into it. iDVD composites the two movies into one amazing menu.

Some themes include a soundtrack. To change a menu's soundtrack, drag an audio file into the “Audio” well (shown above-right).

In the example below we selected a wedding theme from “4.0 Themes” on the Themes pane. We Option-dragged a movie (“pool cleaner.mov”) to the menu background to preserve the drop zone area. Then we dragged another movie (“bug.mov”) to the drop zone (the area with a striped border). We changed the menu's default title (“Wedding Silver One”) to “Costa Rica.” Finally, we dragged three movies to the menu background to automatically create text buttons that link to the three movies (“Jungles,” “Monkeys,” and “Resorts”). The following page explains how to customize text buttons.

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