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Create dvd from iphoto slideshow with music included

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I have created  slideshow with music on iphoto, but cannot burn a dvd. Any ideas???

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,030 points)

    You need burn (authoring) software to burn a video (which is what a slideshow is) on a DVD so it can be played in any DVD player.


    You can still get iDVD as part of retail iLife 09 or 11 from online resellers or Roxio Toast or google for others - I've heard of Burn, but have never used anything but iDVD and Toast.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,030 points)

    I never use iPhoto, so I can't be of much help with it and can't give instructions. But, having said that, I do a fair amount of video editing and I do not understand your reference to 3 or 5 seconds or manual? Are you talking about iDVD? If the slideshow is finished and exported as a Quicktime movie, you can just drag it into iDVD after hitting "add movie or slideshow". Take a look at these instructions:



    I create slideshows with third party software (Photo to Movie), export it as a Quicktime movie in the best quality setting and then add it to a project in iMovie or iDVD. I don't use the Share option without having options to choose the quality/size/etc.


    Authoring the video means it is encoding it so it can be played on DVD players - you need software that can do that; iDVD is one of those.


    As for the length of the audio vs. video: how about adding applause at the beginning and the end - you can fade it in and back out/blend in with the music.


    These are examples of the settings I use to export from iMovie; that creates a finished .mov and can be dragged into iDVD.


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  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,030 points)

    Well, there are a lot of different things to consider when working with pics and videos - one is:


    What is the resolution of your pictures to begin with? Remember that you can always shrink a picture, but if you enlarge it, it will lose a measurable amount of quality (pixels get bigger = result is loss of quality).


    Next (and one of the reasons why I've chosen not to use iPhoto): the Ken Burns effect (zoom in/out) isn't the best I've seen - there are better. Also, if you are using it and the people in the picture are wearing stripes or other noticesable designs, they may wind up looking "jittery" when it's zoomed.


    Your pictures have to be the best quality, lighting, etc before you use them in a slideshow, so I run mine through Aperture to tweak if necessary. I also adjust the size to what I want them to be: if I want them full screen, I downsize them to 1280x720 (which happens to be a perfect fit for my 720p TV); if I want them smaller (inside a frame for instance), I choose a smaller size in 16:9 dimensions (widescreen). But this is done before I start assembling a video or slideshow.


    If you'll be doing more slideshows, I'd suggest downloading the free trial of Photo to Movie and playing around with it (disclaimer: I don't work there - I just like their product). I use the same export settings from above with that. Once my slideshow is finished, I incorporate it into my movie project, add sound (you can adjust the volume/fade in/fade out, etc there) and then export it so I can drag it into iDVD. You can omit that step of course and go directly to iDVD.


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