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Archived - iDVD: OneStep DVD not available for HDV format

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The OneStep DVD feature in iDVD 5 enables you to quickly transfer your video onto a DVD. Please note that this feature only works with DV format footage. If your camera records video in the high-definition HDV format, you can use iMovie HD to capture all the footage from your camera and then use iDVD to burn the video to DVD.

To do this:

  1. Connect your DV camera to your computer.
  2. Turn on the camera (no need to rewind the tape).
  3. Set the camera to VTR mode.
  4. Open iMovie HD and click the "Make a Magic iMovie" button, or choose Make a Magic iMovie from the File menu (close any open projects first).
  5. Click the Video format triangle and set the video format to HDV 1080i or HDV 720p, depending on your camera's format.

  6. Type a name for the project and click Create.
  7. In the resulting dialog, you can choose a transition to add between scenes and add music if you'd like. Make sure that you select the "Send to iDVD" checkbox (see the Note below), then click the Create button.

  8. iMovie will capture and assemble your footage and send the movie to iDVD. When iDVD opens, you can change the theme and customize the project however you want.
  9. When finished, click the Burn button to burn your DVD.

Note: If you'd like your movie to autoplay, don't select the "Send to iDVD" checkbox in the Magic iMovie dialog. Instead, after following the above steps, follow these steps in iMovie:

  1. From the File menu, choose Share.
  2. Click the QuickTime icon.
  3. From the Export to pop-up menu, choose Full Quality.
  4. Click Share.
  5. Type a name for the exported movie and click Save.

iMovie creates a QuickTime movie. It may be necessary to resize the movie as explained in this document. Then you can then drag to your iDVD project icon in Map view.

Last Modified: Feb 19, 2012
  • Last Modified: Feb 19, 2012
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