3 Replies Latest reply: Feb 4, 2013 10:32 AM by Old Toad
gianei Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)


I bought an iMac in late 2012. After creating a movie with iMovie chapters, I went as instructed, to share with iDVD. Unfortunately it does not open and as I understand it, is not even installed. How can I burn the movie to DVD video with chapters?



iDVD can be downloaded from the AppStore?

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (46,790 points)

    Why is there no iDVD on my new Mac?



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



    or as I write it


    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

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (128,895 points)

    If you have a older Mac that came  with iDVD preinstalled you can use the disks that came with it to install iDVD on your new iMac.


    If you have to purchase an iLife disc remember that iLife 11 only provides iDVD 5 - 7 themes.  The Software Update no longer installs the earlier themes 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.