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Jan 29, 2013 1:36 AM

Hi - I searched the forum to understand how it works but did not quite find it.


From iPhoto, I use "Share - Send to iDVD" to send my slideshow.


The first time I sent - the iDVD apps was already launched but the DVD project was not. I thought, I could just create the project later and select the "slideshow" just like you would a iMovie project. But, there was nothing under the iMovie or iPhoto folders to select.


The second time - I created the DVD project first and left it open. This time the "slideshow" just pop out in the DVD menu, when the "Send to iDVD" step is completed. All is well.


Out of curiosity, I searched and found there are TWO copies of that slideshow in the folder "Pictures>iPhoto Slideshows" - differentiated by "_2" in the second file. Worse, there were a number of duplicates of other "slideshows" I have made in the past.


My questions are:


  1. Is it correct that to include a "slideshow" into the DVD - I must always leave the iDVD project open first? If this is correct, the next time I want to insert the same "slideshow" I have to go through the "Share - Send to iDVD" step again - which may take some time to send? Or, can I select the "slideshow" from somewhere in iDVD just like a iMovie project which is prepared for iDVD?
  2. I assume the "slideshows" sent to iDVD are kept in the "Pictures>iPhoto Slideshows" folder - if I cannot reuse these "slideshows" since there is no feature in iDVD to select. Can I delete these "slideshows" in the "Pictures>iPhoto Slideshow" folder, as it takes up a lot of space. And how?


I hope someone understand what I am trying to describe.



  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,725 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 2:38 AM (in response to hock_eye)

    1. Yes.


    No, if you want to reuse the same slideshow you don't have to redo the 'Send to iDVD' command. You can add any movie (and that's what an exported Slideshow is) to any iDVD project with drag and drop. See the iDVD help for more.


    2. Yes you can delete them if you have no use for them. Just like any file. Drag it to the trash and empty it.






  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,725 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 5:46 AM (in response to hock_eye)

    It's not in the Media Panel. It's just a folder that you access like any folder.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,725 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 8:49 AM (in response to hock_eye)

    The IDVD help is referrring to accessing slideshows that have not been exported to the Finder.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,215 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 11:37 AM (in response to hock_eye)

    Follow this workflow to help ensure the best quality iDVD video DVD:

    Once you have the project as you want it save it as a disk image via the  File ➙ Save as Disk Image  menu option.  This will separate the encoding process from the burn process. 


    To check the encoding mount the disk image and launch DVD Player and play it.  If it plays OK with DVD Player the encoding was good.


    Then burn to disk with Disk Utility or Toast at the slowest speed available (2x-4x) to assure the best burn quality.  Always use top quality media:  Verbatim, Maxell or Taiyo Yuden DVD-R are the most recommended in these forums.




  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,215 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 7:24 PM (in response to hock_eye)

    The iDVD Help is (or was correct) before Lion was released and iDVD was discontinued by Apple.  Today we have to work around by exporting out of iPhoto at Large or Medium size and adding it to iDVD manually.  That's just the nature of the beast at this time.


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