Currently Being ModeratedJul 8, 2013 12:08 PM (in response to celo1971)
Why is there no iDVD on my new Mac? How do I get it and how do I install it?
Currently Being ModeratedJul 8, 2013 1:36 PM (in response to celo1971)
Export the slideshow out of iPhoto as a QT movie file via the Export button in the lower toolbar. Select Size = Medium or Large.
Open iDVD, select a theme and drag the exported QT movie file into the open iDVD window being careful to avoid any drop zones.
Follow this workflow to help assure the best qualty 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, launch DVD Player and play it. If it plays OK with DVD Player the encoding is 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.
If iDVD was not preinstalled on your Mac you'll have to obtain it by purchasing a copy of the iLife 09 disk from a 3rd party retailier like Amazon.com: ilife 09: Software or eBay.com. Why, because iDVD (and iWeb) was discontinued by Apple over a year ago.
Why iLife 09 instead of 11?
If you have to purchase an iLife disc in order to obtain the iDVD application remember that the iLife 11 disc only provides themes from iDVD 5-7. The Software Update no longer installs the earlier themes when starting from the iLIfe 11 disk 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.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 8, 2013 2:04 PM (in response to Klaus1)
1st off, iDVD only burns in 480 so your comment about "except make a low quality version for YouTube?" is jsut silly and useless to even say. 2nd, Mac Minis are NOT coming with a SuperDrive? Where did you make that up?
and 3rd....wah...wheres my cassette tape player in my Macpro? Get over it, DVDS and CDS are dead. Its obsolete technology....wait...wheres my floppy disk?
Currently Being ModeratedJul 8, 2013 8:32 PM (in response to ryan16)
DVDS and CDS are dead
I have Netflix and iTunes, it is great for TV shows but I love owning a library of films on my shelves.
Now, streaming - even if you actually download - is not a keepsake. Even if you purchase a downloadable product, you will have to back it up, copy it repeatedly, and overall you will only have it in an intangible (and possibly messy) digital library. That is not really "having it".
I've also witnessed the emergence of Blu-ray, which has since gone on to become the format of choice for hardcore film enthusiasts and technical geeks. As things stand physical media is, for my money, head and shoulders above of streaming.
DVDs offer another advantage. You can watch your movie without depending upon a complicated and delicate infrastructure. Also, movies are frequently censored for political correctness (Star Wars is a recent example). Despite public pressure for a release, the Disney movie “Song of the South” remains banned. Even cartoons like Johnny Quest are now censored. Only people who purchased physical copies years ago have them as they were originally produced.
When you possess a physical copy of the movie the PC patrol can't mess with it.
When photography was invented people predicted the end of painting as an artform. When public libraries opened people predicted the end of books. When cinema was invented people predicted the end of theater. When home video was invented people predicted the end of cinema. And now that we have streaming people predict the end of hardcopies.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 9, 2013 8:46 AM (in response to Ziatron)
Ziatron, you bring up a couple valid concepts, nevertheless you seemed to have entirely missed ryan16's point. Ryan16 never mentioned BluRay or downloadable copies. The topic was DVDs (and cd's for all those old timers out there). DVDs are obsolete technology. Period. There's no disputing that with any valid information. Just because DVDs are still on sale, that doesn't mean they're top-of-the-line.
But I'm also curious about your second paragraph. You said that if you download it, you should copy it and back it up. It sounds like you're implying that physical media shouldn't be backed up. If that's what you're saying, then again, that is also wrong. What if the BluRay disc breaks or is damaged so that it doesn't work? Where's the back up? It would seem to me that backing up a digital copy is EASIER to maintain because you can highlight it, then click "duplicate." Done. Two copies, one you can put on a different drive or computer. Discs? Gotta use ripping software and wonder about copyright laws and such.
PC patrol can't mess with something after you buy it, sure. What if you don't have it yet and you want to buy it? Has the PC patrol already edited it before you buy it on disc?
A collection of movies on a hard drive sounds pretty easy to open too. Open the drive, select the file. Even TVs in the last couple years can read movies on a hard drive.
Discs - turn on the player, wait for it to boot. Place the disc in the drive. Wait for it to read. Get past the obligatory FBI warning. Sometimes there are previews that can't be skipped. Stop at the menu and then play.
PS. Just to nit-pick, DVDs, CDs, and even BluRay's are digital. They're no less digital than a file on a computer's hard drive.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 9, 2013 10:19 AM (in response to ryan16)
Interesting about DVDs being a dead and obsolete technology. I would say that is not quite 100% true, at least for me.
I'm retired but have a very nice part-time business recording children's dance recital shows and producing DVDs of them to sell to the soccer mommies, for prices ranging up to $30 per DVD. They very much like having the convenient physical disk to show grandparents, etc. a movie of little Suzy doing her thing on stage. And they keep coming back year after year as Suzy gets older and does more dancing
For some of the bigger dance studios I produce well over 100 DVDs per show, and the studio gets very little or none of the proceeds. They just like to have DVDs available for their customers.
So, a question: If DVDs were indeed dead and gone, what mechanism exists to sell 2-hour videos to folks? YouTube clearly won't cut it for several reasons. Drobox files and sell links? Don't think so. What else?
Would be very much interested if someone could tell me how to run the business if DVDs really do die. I believe what I do - and I would say there are numerous other businesses too - depends on having a physical device to sell.
Incidentally, I use three cameras to record and FCP X / iDVD to create the DVDs.
Here's a link to my website that shows some promo stuff of what we do:
Currently Being ModeratedJul 9, 2013 11:50 AM (in response to stumbleone)
Sell links? Don't think so.
Why not? It doesn't need to be Dropbox. But, you would be able to 1)supply a high-definition video, 2)cut down on your expenses of buying hundreds of DVDs, even if it's relatively inexpensive, 3)boost the accessibility of your product by making it available for download right at the customer's home without having to wait for a DVD.
That would allow the customer to make the decision on how he/she wants to playback the video; burn a disc, or watch the high-definition video file on a television (via TV features, connected computer, or video game console). Flexibility is key, and options are preferred. Burn it as a video-dvd and all of that is gone.
You're very likely recording in high-definition with a nice, expensive camera. You're also using high-quality editing software (Final Cut). Why would you want to cripple the output to DVD quality? (480p) You put a lot of effort into using top quality resources, and then your final product is dumbed down by the weakest link in your chain.
At the very least, to give some panache and flare to your own work, burn the video file to the disc as a data-disc. You can fit about 4GB of high-definition video that way.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 11, 2013 6:40 PM (in response to bradley186)
DVDs are obsolete technology. Period.
I understand that you are preaching the gospel from Hollywood and Apple. I have friends in Hollywood they eagerly promote downloading and digital copies. Their ultimate goal is to "pay-per-view" for each device. They despise the entire concept of anyone having a physical copy of a complete movie.
There's no disputing that with any valid information.
I have lots of valid information, and I am disputing it.
Just because DVDs are still on sale, that doesn't mean they're top-of-the-line.
Just because downloading and streaming is a newer technology does not mean that it benefits the consumer. New does not equal better.
It sounds like you're implying that physical media shouldn't be backed up.
All media should be backed up if you are legally allowed to do so. I own about 1700 DVDs (many of which are not available from Netflix, or iTunes. NONE of these DVDs have EVER failed. In my years of using computers I've had well over a dozen hard drives fail (and I buy good ones). So I view DVDs as much more reliable.
It would seem to me that backing up a digital copy is EASIER to maintain because you can highlight it, then click "duplicate."
That may or may not be the case. Many digital copies are “locked” to a particular device or set of devices. On the other hand, DVDs can be lent, given away and even sold if you wish. I don't think there's any way to resell a digital copy that you no longer want.
Has the PC patrol already edited it before you buy it on disc?
Your point is valid. That's where eBay comes in handy. If you're after an original version of the movie. As mentioned above you can't buy a used digital movie.
Get past the obligatory FBI warning. Sometimes there are previews that can't be skipped.
I hate all that to. Some of the digital copies I have purchased start with the same hassles, with no way to skip over them. I'm sure you know that you can purchase a DVD player with UOPs (User Operation Prohibited) disabled. With these players you can instantly navigate a DVD.
Just to nit-pick, DVDs, CDs, and even BluRay's are digital. They're no less digital than a file on a computer's hard drive.
You are completely right of course. I'm falling victim to Hollywood terminology “digital copy included”. Your standard DVD is also a digital copy.
I have no objection whatsoever to your preferred method of collecting movies. I prefer physical optical discs (DVDs). Hollywood can make a LOT more money with the elimination of DVDs, which is why they are pushing it so hard.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 12, 2013 8:10 AM (in response to Ziatron)
Couldn't have said it better.