7 Replies Latest reply: Jul 15, 2012 3:24 PM by Old Toad
whitesalmon133 Level 1 (0 points)

Now that apple has discontinued how do I burn a DVD from my new macbook pro?? What is the concept behind taking it away?

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  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 (19,450 points)



    What is the concept behind taking it away?


    Apple knows best.


    We all are in a chock - and non of us can make Apple re-think (as I know of)


    If there is no iDVD on Your Mac (and it's not on newer Macs as Apple discarded it) then You need a program that can do this.

    Your Mac can burn CDs and DVDs - BUT DVD as Data-DVDs not as Video-DVDs - they need a program to be encoded and STRUCTURED as such.

    • iDVD is part of the boxed version of iLife'11 and can only be bought outside Apple as on Amazon and e-bay

    • DVD Studio pro - Part of FinalCut Studio Pro bundle - this to has expired and can only be bought second handed. (High price and tough learning Curve - but best ever done.)


    • Roxio Toast™ - Not as elegant as iDVD - but has many other positive additions (I like it as 10-Pro incl BD-component) (now version 11)


    • Burn - only free alternative I know of on internet. Very simple - Just for doing a plain Video-DVD

    Burn http://www.digital-digest.com/software/Burn.html


    only You can buy from Apple is

    • FinalCut Pro-X which also can burn to DVD but without any nice themes.


    You can also buy Compressor from Apple for $50 US. It will also create DVD and BluRay but without the nice themes.


    Yours Bengt W

  • Klaus1 Level 8 (47,782 points)

    Why is there no iDVD on my new Mac?


    Apple insists that the entire world has access to fast broadband (and are prepared to pay for the considerable bandwidth usage) and wants to distribute home movies to friends and relatives via download (iCloud, YouTube, Facebook, whatever) rather than mailing them a DVD. The fact that in reality not all users do, has so far had no effect on this policy. If you scream and shout loudly enough down the phone Apple may send you a free copy of iDVD. Stating that they would return their brand new Mac unless they received a copy of iDVD worked for some, but that is now said to have been withdrawn by Apple. Also, you can complain bitterly here, perhaps suggesting that Apple could have provided a choice between burning DVDs and distributing home movies by other means:




    Whilst Macs with a Superdrive continue to be able to burn video DVDs, the software for so doing, iDVD, is no longer included in the iLife bundle that comes with OS 10.7 Lion (which also omitted iWeb) or will come with OS 10.8 Mountain Lion. And it is no longer included in the iLife 11 from the online Apple Store: http://www.apple.com/ilife/. Your only solution is to look on Amazon or eBay and try to get an older version that includes iDVD 7, i.e. iLife version 9 onwards. You should also do this if you plan to buy a new Mac anytime soon, as stocks of iLife that include iDVD will not be available for ever.


    However, the vastly more expensive FCPX can burn a DVD without iDVD or DVD Studio Pro involvement, but lack the themes etc of iDVD. Also, of course, there is Roxio Toast, which is the best software for burning anything but again does not offer the flexibility of iDVD.


    And if you think Microsoft are any better, their new Windows 8 operating system will not play DVDs, or burn them, unless customers buy an extra upgrade, the company has announced:  http://www.gizmag.com/windows-8-no-dvd-playback/22443/


    In other words, computer manufacturers have declared optical media as dead, long before consumers are ready to stop using them, which is fine as long as they offered us a choice, but they won’t even do that. Flexibility and intuitive use of a computer seems to be a thing of the past.

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,570 points)

    You'll need to purchase a copy of the boxed iLife 11 disk from here: Amazon.com: iLife 11. If you ever decide to create your own website that disk contains iWeb which has also been discontinued.



  • Ziatron Level 4 (3,830 points)

    from my new macbook pro??


    If you are still within your 15 day return period.  Call Apple they will sent out iDVD at no charge.  (There are no realistic substitutes.)


    Nicely explain that you may return the computer without iDVD. That usually does the trick.  You MUST speak to a senior advisor to get a free copy. The first tier people cannot do it.






    If that doesn't work you can purchase iLife 11  (includes iDVD) on disk.


    IDVD is a wonderful piece of software and well worth the low cost of $40.




    What is the concept behind taking it away?


    Apple is the largest media company in the world. They sell nothing on disk. It is to their financial advantage to have the physical possession of movies go away.  (I am not participating in this.)


    IDVD remains a popular application in the Apple community. For a variety of obvious reasons Apple would prefer your movies to be stored on the cloud. Many people however prefer to have a physical copy, that they can possess, that is easily playable on over 700 million DVD players worldwide.

  • whitesalmon133 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the ideas. I will review the info more. But, in the meanitime here's a question. I found that iDVD is on my wife's Macbook pro that we bought a few months earlier. Is there a way to move it to my Macbook pro?

  • Ziatron Level 4 (3,830 points)

    I found that iDVD is on my wife's Macbook pro that we bought a few months earlier. Is there a way to move it to my Macbook pro?


    Connect the two Macintoshes with a FireWire cable and use target disk mode.


    There are a couple of other files you need to copy to make iDVD work. Perhaps someone here will help further.

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,570 points)

    You also need to copy the Themes folder from the HD/Library/Application Support/iDVD folder on your wife's Mac to the same folder on your Mac. 


    Somethimes iDVD will not link up to those theme files so you may have to reinstall iDVD from the disks that came with your wife's Mac.  It would look something like one of these: