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FileShare, click the QuickTime button, choose Full Quality from the pop-up menu, click Share. Use any name and folder location.) Import the exported movie into a new iMovie HD Project, and add chapter markers at this stage. Finally, export to iDVD and burn your disc as usual. DVD Problems Photos Look Jaggy and Awful on DVD All over the world, every single day, more Mac fans try to turn their digital photos into DVD slideshows using iMovie--and fnd out that the photos look terrible. What makes this syndrome so baffing is that the photos probably began life with super high resolution and look fantastic in Photoshop or iPhoto. But once they arrive on a DVD, the pictures look lousy. It turns out that when you click the Create iDVD Project button in iMovie (the usual way to hand off the project to iDVD), iMovie offers to process any still photos--to render them, turning them into what amounts to motionless video. "Your movie contains still, slow motion, and/or reverse clips," it says. If you click "Render and Proceed," iMovie does a pretty poor job at converting them into video, resulting in jaggy blockiness. (This conversion is permanent in iMovie. Once it's done, your photos will always look bad in iMovie until you reinsert the originals.) The solution is to bypass iMovie's low-quality photo-rendering cycle altogether. You can do that in either of two ways. The Ken Burns Method If you turn your photos into digital video clips, then iMovie doesn't consider them stills any more, and won't attempt to render them. Here's how to do that: Turn on the Ken Burns Effect checkbox (page 251), confgure the pan or zoom set- tings, then import the image. After the bright red progress bar fnishes its trip across your photo clip, you're left with a very high quality "still" video clip that iMovie won't attempt to process when you hand off to iDVD. Repeat this process for any other still photos in your movie. At this point, your still photos are no longer still photos. Clicking the "Create iDVD Project" button is now safe. iMovie will make no attempt to render your stills, because they've already been rendered by the far superior Ken Burns feature. The Drag-into-iDVD Method The second way to bypass iMovie's still-photo rendering feature is to avoid the "Cre- ate iDVD Project" button altogether. As you may remember from Chapter 16, there's another way to bring an iMovie movie into iDVD: drag its title-bar icon right into the iDVD window. See page 391 for the proper technique. If you do that, iMovie's weak photo-rendering software doesn't touch your stills--and iDVD's own, much better rendering software processes them instead. You may fnd that the Ken Burns technique looks slightly better on some photos, but of course, it's appendixb:troubleshooting 489