Currently Being ModeratedJun 2, 2012 4:32 AM (in response to Carolyn Samit)
Lion v10.7 does not support iDVD.
Not true. Lion supports iDVD if a user has iDVD. Apple stopped developing iDVD, so it is no longer disrtibuted with the other apps in iLife.'09 Mac mini, iPad 2, iPhone 4S, Mac OS X (10.7.3), iOS (5.0.1) Mac fanboi since 1984!
Currently Being ModeratedJun 2, 2012 4:45 AM (in response to darker2402)
Why is there no iDVD on my new Mac?
Apple insists that the entire world has access to fast broadband (and are prepared to pay for the considerable bandwidth usage) and wants to distribute home movies to friends and relatives via download (iCloud, YouTube, Facebook, whatever) rather than mailing them a DVD. The fact that in reality not all users do, has so far had no effect on this policy. If you scream and shout loudly enough down the phone Apple may send you a free copy of iDVD. Stating that they would return their brand new Mac unless they received a copy of iDVD worked for some, but that is now said to have been withdrawn by Apple. Also, you can complain bitterly here, perhaps suggesting that Apple could have provided a choice between burning DVDs and distributing home movies by other means:
Whilst Macs with a Superdrive continue to be able to burn video DVDs, the software for so doing, iDVD, is no longer included in the iLife bundle that comes with OS 10.7 Lion (which also omitted iWeb) or will come with OS 10.8 Mountain Lion. And it is no longer included in the iLife 11 from the online Apple Store: http://www.apple.com/ilife/. Your only solution is to look on Amazon or eBay and try to get an older version that includes iDVD 7, i.e. iLife version 9 onwards. You should also do this if you plan to buy a new Mac anytime soon, as stocks of iLife that include iDVD will not be available for ever.
However, the vastly more expensive FCPX can burn a DVD without iDVD or DVD Studio Pro involvement, but lack the themes etc of iDVD. Also, of course, there is Roxio Toast, which is the best software for burning anything but again does not offer the flexibility of iDVD.
And if you think Microsoft are any better, their new Windows 8 operating system will not play DVDs, or burn them, unless customers buy an extra upgrade, the company has announced: http://www.gizmag.com/windows-8-no-dvd-playback/22443/
In other words, computer manufacturers have declared optical media as dead, long before consumers are ready to stop using them, which is fine as long as they offered us a choice, but they won’t even do that. Flexibility and intuitive use of a computer seems to be a thing of the past.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 2, 2012 9:53 AM (in response to darker2402)
How Do I burn my home movies to DVD?
IDVD is specifically designed to work with iMovie. I have about a half a dozen other DVD authoring programs, including Toast, Burn and others. IDVD is vastly superior and easier to use.
IDVD is a wonderful piece of software and well worth the low cost of $40.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 2, 2012 10:25 AM (in response to darker2402)
There are two structures of DVDs
• Data-DVD - as burned from DeskTop/Finder
• Video-DVD - to be played on a DVD-Player - Needs a program that can do this
One can in iMovie - Export as QuickTime .mov and save this via DeskTop/Finder onto a DVD - BUT this will only play on a Computer and if it is a Window-PC this needs to download QT-player or VLC-player.
But no DVD-player for TV can play back this.
To get a Video-DVD then You need
• iDVD (not from Apple any more) - or -
• DVD Studio Pro (not from Apple any more) - or -
• FinalCut Pro-X (can do simple Video-DVDs) - or -
• Burn - http://www.digital-digest.com/software/Burn.html - FREE - but very PLAIN - no fancy things at all.
• Roxio Toast™ 11 Pro - Fairly advanced - and costs a bit - still very Good and lot's of great tool's included. (I love it) - Can also back convert home made DVDs to an editable mode in an OK quality. With BD-component also capable to do sort of Blu-Ray DVDs.
You can also buy Compressor from Apple for $50 US. It will also create DVD and BluRay but without the nice themes.
Yours Bengt W
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 19, 2013 2:22 PM (in response to darker2402)
If you have an older Mac with iDVD, use migration assitant. You can choose to migrate everything, your documents, or just your applications. I did just the applications. It will add all your old programs (including iDVD). I did it and it works great on my new iMac with Mountain Lion.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 20, 2013 10:44 AM (in response to darker2402)
If you have to purchase an iLife disc in order to get iDVD remember that the iLife 11 disc only provides iDVD 5-7 themes. The Software Update no longer installs the earlier themes nor do any of the iDVD 7 updaters available from the Apple Downloads website contain them.
Currently the only sure fire way to get all themes is to start with the iLife 09 disc:
This shows the iDVD contents in the iLife 09 disc via Pacifist:
You then can upgrade from iDVD 7.0.3 to iDVD 7.1.2 via the updaters at the Apple Downloads webpage.