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Chapter 5. Showing Photos Onscreen > iDVD Slideshow Tips

iDVD Slideshow Tips

Making Good DVD Slideshows

It may be easy to work with iPhoto and iDVD, but you must still expend some effort when creating a DVD-based slideshow if you want the best results. Keep in mind that TV quality will always be lower than the quality on a computer screen.

  • Use iDVD's Preview heavily, and run through all your slideshows from start to end before burning.

  • Landscape photos work better than portrait photos, which have large black borders.

  • Make sure Always Scale Slides to TV Safe Area is set in iDVD's Preferences window (choose Preferences from the iDVD menu and click the Slideshow tab).

  • Resist the temptation to put as many photos in each slideshow as possible and whittle down the slideshow to the most relevant photos. Very similar photos are boring when seen one after another.

  • You can choose the duration between slides, but it's generally best to fit the slideshow length to the audio length. But don't pick so much music that individual slides appear for too long.

  • Be forewarned; it can be hard to find good music for slideshows. Think about the subject and the mood of the photos, and then browse through your iTunes collection to see what songs might fit. It's easier to browse quickly in iTunes than in iDVD.

  • Click the Motion button to turn off the theme's motion while you work, but make sure it's on when you burn.

Look to other sources for full instructions on how to use iDVD, such as Jeff Carlson's iMovie HD & iDVD 5 for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide or Jim Heid's book and DVD-video combination The Macintosh iLife '05, also from Peachpit Press. That said, these tips should help you use iDVD more effectively.



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