9 Replies Latest reply: Mar 8, 2013 9:05 PM by Ziatron
TMMatUSC Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Since Apple no longer supports/includes iDVD on new iMacs, what is a good third-party alternative?  I just want to be able to create simple videos with menus and sub-titles to then burn to DVD.  Thanks.

iMac (27-inch Mid 2011), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • MichelPM Level 6 Level 6 (10,040 points)

    You can still run older versions of iDVD from ilLife '09 of iLIfe '11.

    These older versions can be still purchased online from sites like Amazon.com.

    Another alternative, Roxio Toast.

    Good Luck!

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,650 points)

    MiDVD I think it is called.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (25,720 points)

    Amazon still is listing boxed sets of iLife with iDVD See iLife

  • seroposi Level 1 Level 1 (100 points)

    Just uploaded iLife '11 onto my mid 2011 iMac. There was a warning prompt though that (some) applications may not run properly. Following the upload iPhoto would'nt open but just reinstalled it ( no images lost ) and everything including iWeb, Garageband etc working fine.


    I did read somewhere that if uploading an earlier version of iLife, the clock on the iMac might have to be turned back,ie if iLife 2010 reset clock to 2010 or earlier. Following upload reset clock to current date.


    Another alternative which Klaus1 has recommended in the past is Photo to Movie ( http://www.lqgraphics.com/software/phototomovie.php ) that I'm also looking at.

  • MichelPM Level 6 Level 6 (10,040 points)

    You could've just done a custom install and installed iDVD, by itself. FYI.

    No need to install the complete iLife suite.


  • seroposi Level 1 Level 1 (100 points)

    That's what I thought but it's been one of those days. Something to bear in mind for the future when doing something similar - thanks for the nod

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (128,815 points)

    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 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.



  • Ziatron Level 4 Level 4 (3,755 points)
    Since Apple no longer supports/includes iDVD on new iMacs, what is a good third-party alternative?



    In my opinion, there are none.


    Yes, there are other programs that will put a movie on a DVD.   I have tried most of the other substitutes including Toast, Burn, DVD Creator, Wondershare, and others.  None of them come anywhere near the ease-of-use and power of iDVD.


    Apple does support iDVD. They are supporting it on this forum.  Also, iDVD is tested with the latest Macintoshes and OS.


    Purchase iLife 11 or iLife 09  (includes iDVD) on disk.


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





  • Ziatron Level 4 Level 4 (3,755 points)

    A line on the Pacifist menu reads “Package requires authentication”.  What exactly does that mean?