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obx4life Level 1 (0 points)

I just purchased an iMac with iLife 11 on it. However, there is no iDVD anymore like there used to be. Now I have an iMovie project I want to burn to DVD. Is there any other way to do it without iDVD, or do I need to now purchase that program?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.2)
  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 (19,450 points)



    To make a Video-DVD (to be played on any DVD-Player) one must have an encoding program as iDVD or Roxio Toast™.


    By contacting Apple - some got this iLife pack - for the rest it's a buy situation.


    It can not be downloaded in any legal way for free.


    Yours Bengt W

  • elikness Level 4 (2,635 points)

    Specifically read this Discussion group message about contacting Apple about iDVD:



    You might get better results contacting them directly.

  • MarkPek Level 2 (155 points)

    I'm befuddled by iMovie and iDVD.  I have a bunch of short-ish clips of my kids that I basically just want to throw together onto a DVD.  I've imported them as "projects" in iMovie (and I've exported them individually to YouTube for fun), but how do I go about getting them into iDVD to make a DVD?


    Are these steps written down somewhere?!?!?  Thank you!

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 (19,450 points)

    In iMovie

    • Make a project and add videos to it in the way You want it

    • When edited it to Your liking then

    • Go up to Share Menu and here - Select "Share to Media Browser" and as Large (Not HD or other resolution)

    (I never use "Share to iDVD" in any version of iMovie at all - as result degrades)

    • Now close iMovie and

    • Open iDVD - (If You got a brand new Mac then it doesn't come with iDVD so You must get it in another way)

    • In the new iDVD Project goto Media Button and here to Movies and now You find it and can import it into Your iDVD project.

    • When You are done with the layout of this

    • Press Burn button and insert a New DVD disk WHEN iDVD ASKS FOR IT - NOT Prior to this !


    Wait till done.


    Yours Bengt W

  • MarkPek Level 2 (155 points)

    Thank you!  Is it possible to put chapter breaks in that?  Is there a way to make chapter breaks AND have a DVD that plays THROUGH the chapter breaks?  The DVD I just made returns to the menu at the end of a chapter and doesn't just play through to the next chapter.  Thanks again for your help.

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 (19,450 points)

    Then something strange has happened as to me Chapters acts as inpoint to the rest of the movie and plays to the very end.


    I use

    • iMovie HD6

    • (iMovie'08 to 11) - but may be not used Chapters here

    • FinalCut any version but Pro X (have not got this)


    And if I set Chapters here and Export (FC) inclusive Chapter Marks - then the result is as mentioned + I get a sub-clip menu.


    If Chapters is set in iDVD (can be done) - the result might be as You describe it - I never do this.


    Yours Bengt W

  • momoftwinboys Level 1 (0 points)

    I followed your directions exactly. Unfortunately it did not work. I have been successful in the past burning DVD's from idvd, however, with this particular movie I created in imovie, I am failing miserably. The movie is about 30 minutes long. Does that have anything to do with it? Also, do you have any further suggestions? I have burned about 8 CD's unsuccessful thus far.

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 (19,450 points)

    CD's ? no DVD's I hope - And I do Save as a DiskImage first i iDVD to test to see that it works OK before burning any DVD.


    There are some things about Chapters.


    • DO NOT set any in very Beginning of movie - iDVD want to do this by it self ! or it goes nut's


    • No Chapter marks in any transition or within 2 sec from them in Your movie project - also is destructive.


    Else I run out of ideas. It works for me.


    Yours Bengt W

  • edfromlittleton Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm confused. iDVD is unstable enough on Lion to be totally useless, and apparently isn't even included. Making a movie with iMovie still works, but after making the movie and "sharing" it to media browser, it is in a format nothing else reads, assuming I can even find the file wherever iMovie decided to put it. Using another DVD authoring program (such as Toast) won't work because Toast won't read the format from iMovie. Using the original clips and trying to edit them in Toast is a miserable experience compared to iMovie, and results in files much too large to fit more than 30 minutes of video on a DVD which should hold 2 hours. So how do I get from an iMovie project to a DVD without iDVD? My current method is to reboot from drive 4 with a previously cloned boot section of 10.5 Leopard, and using the iMovie and iDVD programs from there. That also allows me to use the other three or four programs that won't run with Lion, like my film scanner and flatbed scanner. Lion seems to have no useful improvements and many drawbacks. Not what I expect from Apple.

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 (19,450 points)

    This is a User trying to help other Users forum and rarely Apple looks in.


    If You want to share Your thoughts with them use










    reg iDVD and Mac OS X.7 - I'm out - I stick to X.6.8 and iDVD 7.1.2 - BUT there are many that makes it work on Mac OS X.7.2 so hopefully someone with better know-how will step in.


    Yours Bengt W

  • Mac'n aint easy Level 1 (0 points)

    I found the following in Apple support.  The video steps you how to share your iMovie 11 project directly to a DVD.  It actually passes you through an internal version of iDVD according to the video.  I'll be trying this later today and will update if it doesn't work as shown!


  • edgetunes2 Level 1 (0 points)

    I do not find this to be the case.  This video is just the help file video from iMovie 11.  I follow the steps exactly.  After selecting iDVD from the share menu, it goes through its optimization routine, then when finished, opens a window of my applications and says "pick an application" ... or something like that.  iMovie has obviously looked for iDVD and not found it.  There is no "internal version of iDVD" in my iMovie 11.  I'm on an iMac with osx I bought last December ... this is crazy!  This is what Macs are supposed to be known for !!!!

  • Mac'n aint easy Level 1 (0 points)

    You are correct.  Apple has completely removed the ability of iMovie to burn DVDs.  There is no workaround anywhere other than a) buying iLife on the second-hand market or b) trashing all of your iMovies and recreating them in some third-party software like "Burn".  I have tried talking politely to the support line with no help.  I've tried talking somewhat less politely with similar results.  I have entered a complaint through the BBB, and got a rather snide response from Apple.  So if you recently bought a Mac, you have just been SCREWED!  Congratulations on your new purchase.  I will never buy another Mac.  I bought this for this one purpose only to find the ability to use it has been removed!  Very shady. The video I posted needs to be changed to highlight that it  doesn't work for newer Macs...

  • edgetunes2 Level 1 (0 points)

    Wow.  ***.  I don't even get it from a business perspective ... where's the logic in any of that?  Why don't they simply make another solution available at a price?  At least I could understand that ... but just leaving people SOL -- on a product line that is supposed to be their strength I don't get ... is this just a move to get people to buy Final Cut (or whatever it is) maybe? ....

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