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55plus Level 1 (10 points)

Can iPhoto 9.4.2 make and burn PAL slideshows> I mean PAL as opposed to NTSC, I live in Holland and we use the PAL format.

Mac mini, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), 2.3GHz Intel Core i5,8GB 1333MHz D
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (136,725 points)

    iPhoto can output a PAL slideshow, yes. Note the Custom Expoort options on the export panel. iPhoto can't burn a slideshow. You need a DVD app for that. iDVD if you have it but it is no longer developed by Apple. You may be able to get it on an old iLIfe install disk. There are other options:





    But there are lots of others too. Search on the App Store or MacUpdate







  • 55plus Level 1 (10 points)

    Thanks Terence, I had a box set of toast ten but thought it surely would not be allowed by Mountain Lion. However, after inserting the install disc it installed without problems and works very well. Still it is VERY nice to have the info you provided,thanks again. I wil next try to create the slideshow in iPhoto and export it to toast for burning.

  • 55plus Level 1 (10 points)

    HI, me again, I checked the export options but they are all limited to Apple Hardware, not a plain TV in PAL mode.


    And the iphoto help thinks I have no internet connection and so won't give me the iPhoto help pages that cover this topic,typical.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (136,725 points)

    Whether or not this DVD is PAL depends on the software making the DVD, not iPhoto. So check the Help on that app or their support people.


    ANd I'm not sure about that you're right about the options being limited to Apple hardware...



    Screen Shot 2013-01-31 at 09.14.28.png

  • 55plus Level 1 (10 points)

    Terence,  Thanks for the reply. I imagine the drop down list you posted is from a non slideshow menu. because this is what I get in the slideahow expport menu.


    No big deal because I have Toast and it does a great job creating DVD slideshows for DVD Players.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (136,725 points)

    See the button for 'Custom Export'...?


    But in your case that doesn't matter. Your exporting to a size that will burn to DVD so export at medium or large and then add it to your dvd project.

  • 55plus Level 1 (10 points)

    Thanks very much Terence, you are a very good helper. When I choose that custom export I get this

    iPhoto-Customize button.png

    And if I hit that Options button this drops down:


    Thanks to you I understand much more about this app,thanks for persevering. Shall we stop tis now? I am grateful to have already made two DVD's of faamily photos that play perfectly in my DVD player, if I run into problems again I will post back.

    Cheers, David

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (136,725 points)

    And note the settings buttons in that final window...

  • Hope108 Level 1 (15 points)



    maybe u r talking about an earlier version of iphoto?


    there are no custom export options for slideshows in the export window for iphoto 9.5  or 11 as they call it.

    dont see anyway to burn PAL...

    Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 9.10.31 PM.png


    does this meant that in the latest version of iphoto, you can no longer export as PAL or any quicktime option?




  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (136,725 points)

    As you'll note the dates on those poast are from January 2013, so yes, an earlier version.

  • Hope108 Level 1 (15 points)

    thanks terence...appreciate


    does not seem to be anyway to make a quicktime file anymore...right?...just m4v, h.264

  • Old Toad Level 10 (133,390 points)

    Export the slideshow out of iPhoto as a QT movie file via the Export button in the lower toolbar.  For iPhoto 9.4.3 and earlier select Size = Medium or Large. For iPhoto 9.5 and later selct 480p.


    Open iDVD, select a theme and drag the exported QT movie file into the open iDVD window being careful to avoid any drop zones.  Select PAL as the Video Mode  in iDVD's Project Info window:


    or in Toast's Video preference pane:


    Toast Titanium002.jpg


    The PAL setting is determined by the video DVD authoring application and not iPhoto.


    Follow this workflow to help assure the best quality video DVD:

    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, launch DVD Player and play it.  If it plays OK with DVD Player the encoding is 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 these forums.


    If iDVD was not preinstalled on your Mac you'll have to obtain it by purchasing a copy of the iLife 09 disk from a 3rd party retailer like ilife 09: Software or  Why, because iDVD (and iWeb) was discontinued by Apple over a year ago. 


    Why iLife 09 instead of 11?


    If you have to purchase an iLife disc in order to obtain the iDVD application remember that the iLife 11 disc only provides  themes from iDVD 5-7.  The Software Update no longer installs the earlier themes when starting from the iLIfe 11 disk nor do any of the iDVD 7 updaters available from the Apple Downloads website contain them. 


    Currently the only sure fire way to get all themes is to start with the iLife 09 disc:



    This shows the iDVD contents in the iLife 09 disc via Pacifist:




    You then can upgrade from iDVD 7.0.3 to iDVD 7.1.2 via the updaters at the Apple Downloads webpage.




  • Keith Barkley Level 5 (5,925 points)

    Just a point. On some iPhotos, if you launch the exporter from the File->export command you don't get the custom options button! You need to launch the dialog from the export icon at the bottom of the iPhoto window.

  • Hope108 Level 1 (15 points)

    Old Toad wrote:


    Export the slideshow out of iPhoto as a QT movie file via the Export button in the lower toolbar.  For iPhoto 9.4.3 and earlier select Size = Medium or Large. For iPhoto 9.5 and later selct 480p.


    Hi sweet of you to reply again...

    in iphoto 9.5 (11 - no where do i see in my settings that is is called 11, how to people know this?)


    As it seems you are saying...I see no where to export as 'quicktime'. Only get the 3 options which produce a. h.264 / m4v.


    was hoping to get the option to export as QT and choose the compression as in the past. Not possible I guess.


    I mis-spoke above about burning...did not mean that. So sorry. You went to such great detail to explain. Please forgive me. It is very intersting info tho and I will study it.


    exporting as QT .mov... that is no longer an option in the new iphoto as you indicate.


    I am outputting to use in After Effects, then upload to youtube or for broadcast. So in After Effects, i am, as you indicate is necessary in the dvd situation, changing the frame rate to 25.


    thank you again for writing all are a saint and a scholar.... the point about making a disk image....that is a great idea


    Fade out:

    didint want it to fade to black at the end, so chose the last slide , chose 'this slide' and chose no transition and set to 7s on that slide...nevertheless it keeps fading to black. Any ideas?




    ps Thanks again so much for all your are very king...

    btwo, for Keith....i tried both ways....same options....from the file/export or from the icon on the UI.

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