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Chapter 30. Creating DVDs in iDVD > Preparing the DVD Project

Preparing the DVD Project

Before you start a new project in iDVD, you may want to adjust a few settings and make sure your computer is up to the task. There are no particular rules about what you have to do first, but it's a good idea to save your project frequently—the keyboard shortcut for saving is Command-S. As you work on your project, you can get in the habit of choosing File, Save at regular intervals so that you don't lose your work if lightning happens to strike or your Mac freezes up for some reason.

Before you even open iDVD, it's a good idea to check the amount of space available on your hard drive. Video clips and DVD files take up a lot of space, and you should make sure that you have room to complete your project. To view the amount of space available, select your hard drive in the Finder or in a Finder window, and choose File, Get Info from the window to see the amount of space available. Keep in mind that your computer needs 4.7GB for the encoded files that will be written to the DVD, in addition to the space taken up by any files you add to your DVD.


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