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Let go of the Option key when the new video appears in the menu background. (The Option key tells iDVD: "I'm installing this movie as a background, not as a movie of its own, represented by its own button on the menu.") Adding background video 2: Covering up drop zones To replace the background with a single, full-width video that covers up any drop zones, press the c key as you drag a movie fle out of the Finder and into the Back- ground well or the background of your iDVD menu. (As usual, avoid drop zones and buttons.) iDVD installs the video (and its audio) as the new background, hiding any drop zones in the process. Removing background video If you decide to restore the original background video and audio to your theme, drag the icons out of both the Background well and the Audio well. You'll get an animated puff of smoke with each drag, confrming that you've successfully removed both the audio and video that you had previously installed onto this menu screen. Changing Backgrounds Choosing Menu Audio Some of Apple's canned themes come with a preinstalled musical soundtrack, and some don't. If you'd like some music to play during, for example, the Sliding Panes theme, you'll have to install it yourself. You can also replace the music that comes with any of Apple's themes with a song you like better. In the case of musically challenged themes like Anime Pop, this ability is a true blessing, possibly saving lives and sanity. · iTunesmethod. If you've got a decent music collection already in iTunes, adding background music is easy. In the Customize drawer, click the Audio button. You'll see a complete list of all your iTunes songs and playlists. Proceed as shown in Figure 17-3. Tip: Keep in mind that some of the most satisfying and appropriate soundtracks of all are the ones that you create yourself, using GarageBand. Any fnished compositions that you've exported from GarageBand show up in this iTunes list, too. · Drag-from-the-Findermethod.If you're not a big iTunes user, you can also drag in almost any kind of audio fle straight from the desktop. Make sure that you've clicked the Settings button at the top of the Customize drawer, and then drag the audio fle directly into the Audio well (identifed in Figure 17-2) or onto the menu background. Incidentally, iDVD doesn't do anything to compensate for background video and background audio that aren't the same length. If the music is too short, it repeats until the video is fnished playing, cutting off the music if necessary to start in sync with the video track. If the music is too long, the video repeats until the music ends, chapter17:designingidvdthemes 425