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canalhopper Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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May 28, 2012 4:57 AM

I have burnt photos from iPhoto to a dvd using the iphoto burn programme. I used a dvd as I haved a couple of hundred I wanted to burn. Now I would like to view them on the computer.


As soon as insert the dvd, iPhoto opens and there is a section in the lefthand column called SHARED. Under this heading is the name of the file I copied to the dvd. When I click on thatr name, the dvd's contents are displayed in iphoto and I can view them.


When I click on the dvd's icon on the desktop, I get a window with a picture of a folder, under which it says it contains 4 items. I clicked on the folder icon and it opens a new window showing 4 options:







Clicking on each one produces a variety of results, but nothing so simple as starting to show the pictures.


My question is:

How can I simply watch the pictures?

Do I have to watch them in iphoto or is there another way?


Thanks for the help

  • Dave B. Level 4 Level 4 (2,085 points)
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    May 28, 2012 5:00 PM (in response to canalhopper)

    I think you need to select the photos you want and then choose File -> Export (then select kind = JPEG and other quality and size settings) and save them to a folder you make on the desktop or somewhere and then burn that to the DVD.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,760 points)
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    May 28, 2012 7:23 PM (in response to canalhopper)

    What version of iPhoto are you using?


    The DVD you described contains an iPhoto library not individual image files. Did you use the Burn command in the Share menu? As the box says that command creates a DVD for use in iPhoto:


    Screen Shot 2012-05-28 at 22.18.45.png


    If what you want is just the images and not the iPhoto library structure you need to burn just the images. You would use File->Export and export the images in the format quality you need  for their intended use.


    If you want to use the DVD's you have already burned you could open the Masters folder you found on the DVD and poke around in there. That is where iPhoto puts the master files.



  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,760 points)
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    May 29, 2012 6:53 AM (in response to canalhopper)

    While you can export from iPhoto and burn the images to a DVD in one step I suggest you use a two step process, export from iPhoto to a folder on your HD and then burn the folder to a DVD.


    In iPhoto first select all the images you want to burn to the DVD and then do File->Export. Set the parameters for the export depending on how you will use the images on the DVD. Unless your going to be using the images for printing you can scale back on size and quality. You may need to experiment with the settings to find the best combination of quality vs. how much disk space you use up.


    Now select Export the next window that opens lets you select where the images will be written to. I would create a new folder on your desktop (say Image Export) and use that. Now all the exported images will be written to that folder.


    Once that is done quit iPhoto, open Finder and select the folder you wrote the images to. You might want to look at a few images and make sure they got exported OK. Now with the folder selected in Finder go to File->Burn "Folder Name" to disc. Then follow the prompts.


    That should do it. It sounds more complex then it really is but once you've done it you'll see its no big eal.


    good luck

  • Silly rabbit Level 4 Level 4 (2,980 points)
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    May 29, 2012 7:40 AM (in response to canalhopper)

    canalhopper - Life is not so complicated. You just have to learn to do it the right way first time. As explained, export your photos to a folder first. Choose high quality jpg cos it is universal. Then, burn that folder to a DVD as data.


    Point to consider: DVDs have a shelf life of 3-5 years (CDs 6-8 years). Store them upright in a hard case out of light and away from any heat source. Date them and remember to burn them onto new DVDs every few years. There is nothing worse than loosing a few hundred/thousand photos because of an old DVD disc. I use hard drives to back up my photos and videos, especially family photos and videos. However, I don't use the hard drives for anything else besides saving data. They are stored in sealed containers and always ready to pop into an enclosure to get my images back. I have experimented with saving my precious data for many years and having a bank of hard drives is the best way. Flash drives (thumb drives) are also good, but they also have a limited shelf life if you use them a lot.

  • Silly rabbit Level 4 Level 4 (2,980 points)
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    May 29, 2012 10:57 AM (in response to canalhopper)

    Just a further point: Yes, an external hard drive is a good thing, but like every electronic device they have a limit to their running life span. I have a couple of external hard drives that I use for day-to-day data, but the data I want to keep is on hard drives I don't use and are sealed and stored, I only use them to add or retrieve data. Tupperware is a wonderful product for storing hard drives.


    Viewing your photos from a disc is not so simple. You can select all (control + A) and open them in Preview, which will give you a static view of each image. You can flick through them with your remote control. To view them as a slideshow is not so easy. You can use third party software, which is not free. The easiest way is to place your photos into iPhoto, create a slideshow, export the slideshow as a QuickTime movie or to iTunes and save the movie file to DVD for future viewing through QuickTime. Once saved as a QuickTime or iTunes file you can use Front Row and the remote to show your slideshow. After you have your QT slideshow you can delete the photos from iPhoto, but have them backed up to DVD or hard drive for future editing. - Slideshows do not take up as much hard drive space as individual images.


    You have to think ahead, which has been Apple's slogan base for many years. If you get into a habit of backing up your data, deciding what and how you want to present, the options are limitless. The iLife suite, plus Front Row and your remote make your Mac your entertainment center. Stop thinking laterally and make the most of your Mac. A bit of 3D thinking will let you achieve what you want. It is not Windoze!

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,760 points)
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    May 29, 2012 1:02 PM (in response to canalhopper)

    Glad it helped.


    As for question 1 don;t know for sure why the wrong post got marked as solved. There have been some issues with the posting software here so that might have something to do with it.


    For question 2 Silly Rabbit gave some good info. In addition you can select the first image  to view and then hit the space bar to open quick view. The use the up/down arrow keys to go from image to image.


    If you want  a true sideshow you can select all the images you want in the sideshow from thre Finder and open them in Preview. Then once Preview is open go to View->Sideshow



  • Silly rabbit Level 4 Level 4 (2,980 points)
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    May 30, 2012 10:40 AM (in response to canalhopper)

    Nice question! This becomes a huge problem if you have more than one source for your images like, iPhone, iPod, iPad, digital camera, digital video camera, etc. It is a bit of playing around and you will probably not achieve what you want. You need to create many folders, one for each event or album and drop them into that specific sub-folder. Then, burn the master folder to disc.


    Again, it comes down to how you manage your data. Slideshows, events, albums, etc. What and how you save them is what you get back.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,760 points)
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    May 30, 2012 10:49 AM (in response to canalhopper)

    What if you select Sequential when you export:


    Screen Shot 2012-05-30 at 13.44.49 .png

    That will prefix the images with numbers running sequentially, that may do you want you need. You'll have to experiment with to see.


    What you may also need to do is to make one album that contains all the images you are exporting and make sure those are in the order you want, then use sequential when you export.


    As I said you'll  need to play around with it to se if these ideas will help.



  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,760 points)
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    May 31, 2012 6:48 PM (in response to canalhopper)

    Your questions are getting pretty iPhoto specific and to be honest I don't use iPhoto all that much anymore, I use Aperture.


    It would be best if you posted these new questions in a new thread in the iPhoto group, you'll get people with a better understanding of iPhoto.


    good luck

  • Silly rabbit Level 4 Level 4 (2,980 points)
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    May 31, 2012 8:16 PM (in response to canalhopper)

    canalhopper - Your photos in the library, events and 'last 12 months' folders are the original images. When you place them into albums they are not actually copied, so you must keep them in the library, events & 12months or, as you now know, you will delete them from iPhoto. Creating new albums does not increase how much disc space used. It only creates a kind of short-cut between the album and the library within iPhoto. If the 'last 12 months' album is bothering you, you can remove the album from view in the preferences.


    Hope this helps


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