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Creating a DVD with the Finder > Building the DVD - Pg. 306

Putting Your Projects on DVD The following are the four general steps to putting your projects on DVD: 1. 2. 3. 4. Prepare your projects for DVD. Build the DVD. Burn the DVD. Test the DVD. 306 Preparing Your Digital Lifestyle Projects for a DVD Just as with a CD, you can store any file on a DVD, but for the purposes of this book, the following types are the most important: · iMovie projects. By exporting an iMovie project as a QuickTime movie, you can put it on a DVD. When you export your project with the intent of putting it on a DVD, you can use larger image sizes, higher frame rates, and so on. Remember that hardware speeds can limit the playback of your QuickTime movies. If you create very large movies with high frame rates, the computer on which they are displayed might not be able to handle the high data rates required to present the movie in a smooth fashion. Make sure you check out your final product using equipment that is similar to what your audience will be using. Just because a DVD has room for huge, high-quality movies, your audience won't necessarily have the hardware that can play that movie in the quality that you provide it. QuickTime movies. You can place any QuickTime movie on a DVD just like you can place it on a CD. Images. You can place individual image files on a DVD. Sounds. Just like images, you can place sound files on a DVD. Image Web sites. You can use iPhoto to create a Web site for images and put that site on a DVD. Slideshows. Use the techniques you learned in Chapter 15, " Building Digital Lifestyle Slide- shows ," to create high-resolution slideshows as QuickTime movies. NOTE · · · · · Preparing these types of projects for a DVD is analogous to preparing them for a CD. For example, you need to make sure that your QuickTime movies are either self-contained or that you include any files on which they depend. For space reasons, I won't repeat the details here--you can find the details of preparing your projects for CD/DVD in Chapter 17, " Putting Your Projects on CD ." The one difference is that because you have more room on a DVD, you can often choose to create higher quality files. In other words, the quality versus file size trade-off can be shifted more towards quality since file size isn't usually a significant limitation for DVD. Archiving Digital Media on DVD Because DVDs can hold such a large amount of data, they are very useful as a way to archive the digital lifestyle projects on which you are no longer working, as well as the various digital media files that you develop as you create your projects. This use of DVDs will be described in detail in Chapter 20, " Organizing and Archiving Your Digital Media ." Building the DVD After you have prepared your projects for a DVD, building a DVD is also quite similar to building a CD. Build a DVD in the Finder 1. Insert a blank DVD-R disc into your DVD recordable drive.