iDVD '09 (7.x): Managing hard disk space for an iDVD project
Managing hard disk space for an iDVD projectWhen you burn a DVD, iDVD needs temporary space on your hard disk to store the encoded files for your project. To burn your iDVD project to a single-layer DVD disc, you should have 8 to 10 gigabytes (GB) of free disk space on your hard disk, depending on the size of your project. For double-layer discs, you need 15 to 20 GB of free disk space. To check how much disk space you have, Control-click the hard disk icon on your desktop and choose Get Info
iDVD '09 (7.x): If a gray border appears in the iDVD window
If a gray border appears in the iDVD windowWhen you drag the iDVD window to make it larger, the menu in the iDVD window always maintains the correct aspect ratio of your project (4:3 for standard video and 16:9 for widescreen). The extra space around your menu appears as a gray border. To return the iDVD window to normal size:Choose Window > Actual Size.You can also drag the window, reducing its size until the gray borders disappear.
iDVD '09 (7.x): Burning an iDVD project to a DVD
Burning an iDVD project to a DVDWhen you are finished with your iDVD project, you can burn it to a recordable DVD disc using your computer’s SuperDrive or an external DVD burner.Burn a disc only when you are sure you are finished with your project and that it is free of errors. It can take some time to encode and burn a project. iDVD can write to DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, and DVD+R DL (Double Layer) discs. If you are using the SuperDrive in your computer, make sure it can burn discs
iDVD '09 (7.x): Checking for updated versions of iDVD
Checking for updated versions of iDVDiDVD is preset to check automatically for the latest updates available for downloading. You can turn this feature on and off. To have iDVD check automatically for updates:Choose iDVD > Preferences.Click General.Select the checkbox labeled “Check for iDVD updates automatically.”To turn the feature off, deselect the checkbox.
iDVD '09 (7.x): Saving an iDVD project
Saving an iDVD projectThere are several ways to save your iDVD project, and which you use depends on what you plan to do with your project.◼Saving: As you work on your DVD project, save it periodically to safeguard your work. ◼Archiving: When you want to move or back up your finished project to another computer, you should archive it. Archiving creates a copy of your project, keeping all of its elements together and linked within the project file. It can take a while to archive a large project
iDVD '09 (7.x): Changing the iDVD window size
Changing the iDVD window sizeYou can change the iDVD window size to fit the project you’re working on. This is helpful when your project is in widescreen format. By changing the window size, you can view the entire menu without scrolling horizontally. Here are ways to change the iDVD window size:◼Drag the iDVD window to the size you want.To preserve the aspect ratio after you drag the iDVD window, choose Window > Zoom.◼To magnify the window so it fills the screen, choose Window > “Fit to Screen
iDVD '09 (7.x): Previewing an iDVD project before burning a DVD disc
Previewing an iDVD project before burning a DVD discIt’s a good idea to preview your project before you burn it to disc, ensuring that it is error-free and works as you intended. It can be time-consuming to preview your project thoroughly. You need to ensure that every button on every menu works properly and that all media, including movies, slideshows, and sound, play completely without error. To preview a project for burning to a disc:Click the Map button (shown below), and check to see
iDVD '09 (7.x): Removing a movie or slideshow from an iDVD project
Removing a movie or slideshow from an iDVD projectIf you haven’t saved changes to your project, you can use the Undo command to remove anything you’ve added to a menu. After you save a project, you can still remove items you’ve already added. To remove a movie or slideshow from a saved menu:Select the button for the movie or slideshow you want to remove, and then choose Edit > Delete.This removes the button and the associated movie or slideshow. If you have multiple buttons in your project
iDVD '09 (7.x): About using AppleScript to add media to iDVD
About using AppleScript to add media to iDVDYou can use AppleScript to automate the creation of DVDs by linking iDVD to media asset systems and other scriptable applications such as iTunes, Adobe Photoshop, and Media 100i. You can customize menu properties, slideshows, movies, and text elements in iDVD.The AppleScript website for iDVD has many downloadable scripts that everyone, even nonscripters, can use to make their use of iDVD even easier and more productive.
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