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iDVD: The Power of a Movie Production House in Your Mac 142 Making Your iDVD Preferences Known There aren't that many iDVD preferences that you need to set (see Figure 5.6). Figure 5.6. It won't take long to configure your iDVD preferences. The options you have are the following: · Video Standard. There are two primary video standards. NTSC, which stands for National Tel- evision Standards Committee, is the primary video format in the U.S. PAL, which stands for Phase Alternating Line, is the primary video format in Europe. Each format has its own param- eters, such as frame rates and such, but you really don't need to worry about the details. If you are creating projects that will be displayed on U.S. equip ment, choose the NTSC radio button. If you are creating projects for display on European systems, choose PAL. If you change formats, the change you make will apply to new projects, so make a preference choice before you start a new iDVD project. · What to do with rendered files. If you check the "Delete rendered files after closing a project" checkbox, iDVD will delete the files that it encodes when you close your iDVD project. Choosing this option can save you some disk space, but if you want to recreate a DVD from an iDVD project, you will have to have iDVD re-render its contents before you can burn another DVD. · Show Watermark. This option turns the Apple logo on (checked) or off (unchecked). If you want to proudly display your Mac colors on your DVD's menus, you can leave this turned on. However, for most projects, you will probably want to turn this off. NOTE There is also a third video format that will eventually overtake the other two. That is High- Definition Television or HDTV. This format provides higher quality than the others and is designed to use the same screen proportions that movies in the theater do (16 × 9). While, iDVD does not yet support this format, it probably will someday. Making DVDs with iDVD Making a DVD with iDVD consists of the following four steps: 1. 2. 3. 4. Prepare your content. Design the DVD. Preview the DVD and fix any problems you find. Burn the DVD. Preparing Content for DVD As you learned earlier, there are two basic types of projects that you can put on DVD: QuickTime movies or slideshows. In both cases, the process works better if you prepare all of your content before diving into iDVD. If you do this prep work first, the process of creating your DVD in iDVD will go more smoothly and more quickly because you can focus on the DVD itself.