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Adrienne Lloyd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

How do i burn a slideshow to a dvd

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (133,065 points)

    Depends on what you want to do with it.


    Assuming you want to view it on a domestic DVD player:


    If you have iDVD use the Share -> Send to iDVD command


    If you don't... export it from iPhoto which will make a QuickTime movie of it. Use another DVD authoring app to create the disk. Here are some suggestions:



    Assuming you just want to back it up, or share to another computer - export it then use the Finder's Burn command

  • jjcinsd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I exported a slideshow to a DVD and now it won't play in any DVD player.  I called Apple and was told I needed to download an App to make a DVD that would play in a DVD player.  They would not suggest an App, and I am really new to this.  Please help 

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (133,065 points)

    See the link (in blue) in the post above yours?

  • jjcinsd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, I looked at the macupdate site and was lost.  are the free downloads good and safe?  Can you recommend one?  I was reading more about this and saw postings that say i need to get iDVD7 buy purchasing an older version of iLife since iLife on my Mac did not come with iDVD.  Any advice would be much appreciated, again.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (125,435 points)

    If you don't have iDVD on your Mac you'll have to purchase it from one of the 3rd party retailiers like iLife 11  since Apple is no longer supporting or offereing it. There is no DVD authoring application abailable for the Mac that is as easy to use or as versitile as iDVD at any reasonable price.  


    Follow this workflow to help ensure the best possible quality of the final product:

    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 and launch DVD Player and play it.  If it plays OK with DVD Player the encoding was 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 the idVD Community.



  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (133,065 points)

    Read the reviews on the site, they'll tell you a lot. iDVD is one option, but it may be hard to get.

  • léonie Level 9 Level 9 (71,710 points)

    Here is User Tip, that you might find useful in addition to the list that TD pointed out:


    How to create a video-DVD? (Macs without iDVD): Apple Support Communities

  • jjcinsd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you

  • jjcinsd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Also very helpful info.  Thanks

  • Frustrated with iphoto Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Old Toad: I am so frustrated with this iphoto. I have spent weeks doing an iphoto slideshow with timing music to slides and now have it finished but cannot trasfer it to a dvd to give to the family to view the funeral service and memories slidshows I created. I have tried exporting it but the quality is awful. It shows great on the imac. I tried transferring it to idvd which was installed after I purchased the imac by the apple people, but it too is a poor quality. Please help me, I need it completed by this weekend, Thanks anyone for your help

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (125,435 points)

    You must remember that video DVDs are standard definition, i.e. final image size is 540 x 480, so any slideshow you create and display on your hi res monitor will always look much better than when added to iDVD, encoded, burned and played thru a TV set.  It's the nature of the beast. 


    However, post your question in the iDVD forum as there are a couple of users there,  Bengt Wärleby and Klaus1, that may have suggestions that will give you a better result.

  • Lomondbob Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the very same problem.  I have iLife on my 2yr old 27inch iMac.  My original photographs are superb quality - all in focus and about 4/5 Mb in size.  But when I transferr to DVD via iDVD the resulting quality on my Sony HD TV is appalling.  Somewhere along the line resolution has been compromised.  But why?  Any help would be most appreciated.  Thanks.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (133,065 points)



    Because the DVD spec is a low quality image and you're then viewing that on a HD screen.


    The DVD spec is 640 x 480 (slightly larger in Europe). So that's what your images are being reduced to. Then you're viewing them on a very high quality screen...

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (125,435 points)

    In addition to TD's reply this Aipple document will help you prepare photos for use with iDVD: iDVD '09 (7.x): Preparing images for iDVD slideshows.


    There are some tricks and techniques that can improve the image quality in iDVD slightly.  Go to the iDVD forum and search there.  Klause1 and Bengt Wärleby are the top gurus there.

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