5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 25, 2013 4:16 AM by John Cogdell
darlenerouge Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I need my iMovie to automatically restart, can this be done in iMovie?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (31,635 points)

    you can add iMovie to the list of start-up objects in your SystemPrefs/Users ...

    … if that is what you want.


    to feed my curiosity:

    why 'automatically', it is just a single 'click' in the Dock away …?

  • darlenerouge Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Maybe I didn't ask that correctly. When playing a dvd created through iMovie, I would like for it to automatically go back to the beginning and play again.

    Thanks Darlene

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,395 points)

    This is a function of your DVD player. It is not something you can do in iMovie. If your DVD player will do this, you can do it.

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



    My way to see this.


    To get a DVD to

    • Auto-start movie

    • Loop it


    This is done in the DVD authoring program - as iDVD or DVDSP or Roxio Toast™ or or or


    Not anything that can be set in iMovie. In FinalCut Pro-X may be as this can burn (simple) DVDs too.


    Yours Bengt W

  • John Cogdell Level 5 Level 5 (4,605 points)

    Hi Darlene,


    As Bengt mentioned, you need to turn on looping in the DVD authoring program (and as AppleMan indicated, this can't be done in iMovie).


    If you are using iDVD (the Apple DVD app), here's how to turn looping on:


    • Click a movie (or slideshow) button on the main DVD window.
    • Choose Advanced > Loop Movie (or Loop Slideshow) from iDVD's menu


    You can also turn looping on in the Map View. Here's the full instructions from iDVD Help:


    Setting movies and slideshows to loop


    You can set slideshows, autoplay movies (which start to play immediately when a DVD is inserted into a player, before the DVD menu appears), and movies to repeat continuously, or “loop.” This means they begin replaying immediately after they end. If they include audio, the audio also loops.

    Looping an autoplay movie is especially useful for creating self-playing presentations, such as those used in tradeshow kiosks. For more information, see Related Topics below.

    In map view you can see at a glance which slideshows and movies are set to loop. A circular arrow symbol appears in the bottom-right corner of the icon.

    Here are ways to turn looping on or off


    Double-click a slideshow button on the DVD menu to open the slideshow editor. Click the Settings button and select the “Loop slideshow” checkbox.

    Select a slideshow icon in map view, and then press Command-I to open the Slideshow Info window. Select the “Loop Slideshow” checkbox, and then close the window.

    Click a movie or slideshow button on the DVD menu, or a movie, slideshow, or autoplay movie icon in map view, to select it, and then choose Advanced > Loop Movie or Loop Slideshow.

    When looping is turned on, a checkmark appears next to the command in the menu. To turn off looping, select it again to remove the checkmark.

    To turn looping off for a background movie on a menu, open the Menu Info window. With your pointer over the menu (but with no buttons or text items selected), press Command-I. Move the Loop Duration slider to zero.


    When you’re viewing the burned DVD, you can press the Menu button on the DVD remote control to exit from looping.

    Related Topics

    Creating a DVD that plays automatically when it is inserted into a DVD player

    Making a movie or slideshow play before the main menu appears