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Explore iDVD p. 71

  • If you should happen to rename the iDVD project file, be sure to keep the .dvdproj extension; if you don’t, iDVD won’t recognize the file, and the Finder displays it as a folder.

  • iDVD 5 offers a new feature, OneStep DVD, that automatically imports video from a camcorder and burns it to a DVD disc. This is good if you need a plain DVD copy of your footage, but it won’t give you a menu or interface of any kind—the video just begins to play immediately after you insert the disc into a DVD player. Since we’re creating a DVD with menus and other elements, we don’t need to use OneStep DVD.

The iDVD Interface p. 72

  • You cannot resize the iDVD window.

  • In the Map view, clicking the triangles on each menu icon hides objects farther down in the hierarchy. This is useful if you’re navigating a complicated project and don’t need to see all of the branches on screen at once. Clicking the triangle again reveals objects that were hidden.

  • iDVD uses a lot of your computer’s processing power to display motion elements, so unless you’re actively working on motion (or you have a wicked-fast Power Mac G5), I recommend turning Motion off while editing your iDVD menus.


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