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Chapter 15: From iMovie to iDVD > Phase 5: Burning Your DVD - Pg. 375

·Changingtheduration. Use the Settings pane in the Customize drawer to adjust the loop duration for your menus (how long a movie clip plays before starting over). Whatever time you specify here controls the loop length of movies in menu backgrounds, video buttons, and drop zones. Note: If you drag a movie into a drop zone, you can't control where the movie begins as you can with button movies. In a drop zone, a movie always begins at the beginning. Startling, huh? Phase 4: Design the Menu Screen Redesigning the Theme You can change every tiny aspect of your theme--the music, the background, the colors, the fonts, and so on--if you have the time and patience. If you're so inclined, turn to Chapter 17 for a full discussion of theme creation. Phase 5: Burning Your DVD Once your scene-selection screen is looking pretty good, you're almost ready to burn the DVD. Before you go using up a blank disc, however, you should test it to make sure that it works on the virtual DVD player known as the Macintosh screen. Previewing Your Project iDVD's Preview button lets you test your menu system to avoid unpleasant surprises. When you click it, iDVD enters Preview mode, which simulates how your DVD works on a standalone set-top DVD player. You even get a simulated remote control to help you navigate through your DVD's menus, movies, and so on, as shown in Figure 15-16. To return to iDVD's edit mode, click Exit, Stop (the flled square), or reclick Pre- view. Tip: Instead of using the arrow buttons on the remote to highlight and "click" screen buttons, you can just use your mouse. You'll fnd it's not only less clumsy, but also a decent indication of how your DVD will play back on computers that can play DVDs. Previewing Widescreen Footage iDVD can create widescreen DVDs, just like the ones you rent from Blockbuster--that is, movies that produce a wide, rectangular picture to ft today's wide, rectangular high-defnition (and enhanced-defnition) TV sets. The key is to make sure that your widescreen movie begins life as a widescreen iMovie project, and then hand it off to iDVD from there. In fact, iDVD-created discs even add letterbox bars automatically when they're played on traditional, squarish sets. That's the effect, in fact, that you see in Preview mode (Figure 15-16). The words "Widescreen Preview" are telling you, in effect, "This is what I'll look like when played on a regular TV. When I'm played on a widescreen set, these gray letterbox bars won't appear." chapter15:fromimovietoidvd 375