10 Replies Latest reply: Feb 5, 2012 10:46 AM by Old Toad
dasrael Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I want something that will easily allow me to burn home movies to dvd.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (131,545 points)

    What's wrong with iDVD?  It will still work for quite a while so there's no reason to switch now.  For alternated application go to MacUpDate.com and do a search for "dvd authoring" to get a list of possible candidates.



  • Ziatron Level 4 Level 4 (3,815 points)
    What's wrong with iDVD?


    Old Toad,


    The original poster may suffer from “new version disease”.  These are people that cannot deal with using software that is no longer in production. (Although, only a few weeks ago I received an update to iDVD from Apple.)


    Like you, I am perfectly content to continue to use iDVD until the day it stops working.  At that point I will look for an alternative, which will probably be more plentiful as third-party developers fill this large vacuum that is created by Apple losing interest in those who wish to make DVDs.

  • Moof666 Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)

    Your comment is impertinent. The question is "What is a good free alternative to iDVD?" It is obvious from the word "FREE" what is wrong with iDVD. It costs 80 bucks. Maybe the poster could settle for 20 bucks, but he asks for "Free", so try to come a bit closer.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (131,545 points)



    What update was that?  The last update to iDVD 7 was posted at the Apple Downloads site on July 11, 2011: iDVD 7.1.2.




    iDVD does not cost $80.  The entire iLife 11 disk, which includes 4 other applicartions, only costs $49 from the online Apple Store and it's availalbe from Amazon.com for around $20 at times.  So at best iDVD costs only $10 from the Apple store.


    Whereever did you get that $80 number. And there are no free alternatives that work with Snow Leopard or later that I've found. If you can find one then come back.

  • Ziatron Level 4 Level 4 (3,815 points)

    Old Toad:


    I agree with everything you are saying.  Perhaps you meant to reply to Moof666?

  • Ziatron Level 4 Level 4 (3,815 points)

    The question is "What is a good free alternative to iDVD?"


    There are none.


    In fact, there is no alternative to iDVD for ANY amount of money (I've tried them all).


    There certainly are other programs that will burn a DVD. However, none of them come anywhere near the power and easy use of iDVD.





  • Hikari88 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I bought an IMac a few weeks ago, created a slideshow on IPhoto only to learn that there was no IDVD to burn it. It is available on ILife11 but if you have just spent a considerable ammount of money on your Mac, why then should you have to spend yet more of your hard earned cash on a DVD burning program, especially when you have 3 of the 5 apps that come with ILife11 already?


    I called Apple Support, spoke to an advisor who was understanding but really just tells you that it isn't shipped with Lion OS anymore. You then have to insist, politely, of course, to speak to a senior advisor, (if the advisor himself isn't compassionate enough to suggest that himself).


    If you can, request a 'callback' where they call you (they pay the call charges), air your grievances calmly & you should receive a free hard copy of ILife 11. The standard Apple support advisor won't have the authority to grant you anything more than a compassionate ear so you must speak to a senoir advisor. I received my free copy of ILife11 in the post a week later. It worked for me, it has worked for others so it should work for you.


    Good luck, keep calm & maintain your creativity!

  • Hikari88 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    ....but having posted your issue in Aug 11, I presume that you have already discovered a solution!

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (19,450 points)



    Burn seems to be a free "alternative"


    Whatever quality - I don't know - extreamly Basic as I tested it - still did work for very plain Video-DVD burning.




    Yours Bengt W

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (131,545 points)

    Opps!  You're right. I found one free iDVD authoring application but it would not work with Lion.  Kept giving an Applescript error message.  Applescript has changed somewhat over the last few years and the older application probably was using old script calls that were no longer supported.