Day 2



authoring - The process of creating menus and adding movies and images to a DVD menu - A screen containing clickable buttons that enable users to access a DVD's contents.
button - A clickable area that plays a movie or slide show, or takes the user to another menu.

motion menu - A menu whose background image is an animation or movie, a menu that plays background audio, or both.

DVD-R - The blank media that you'll use most often when burning DVDs; a DVD-R blank can be burned just once. MPEG-2 - The compression format used for video on a DVD. MPEG stands for Moving Picture Experts Group.
DVD-RW - A type of DVD media that you can erase and reuse. drop zone - This is an area to drop a picture of a movie on a menu. It is not a button. It is just eye candy.
iDVD Desktop
1 - Control Panel or Browser Buttons 6 - Slide Show: for creating slide shows
2 - Themes: Themes with pictures of walking people are motion themes 7 - Motion Button: turns menu motions and sounds on and off
3 - The View Window 8 - Map: Creates a map of your DVD
4 - Customize: Opens Themes Drawer 9 - Preview Button: previews your DVD
5 - Folder Creates new folders 10 - Burn: burns your DVD
Choosing and Customizing Themes

Choosing a Theme

  1. CLick the Customize button to open the Customize Drawer
  2. If the list of themes is not available, click the themes button.
  3. Choose the theme you want by clicking it.

Adding Items to a Drop Zone

  1. Click the Media Button if using iDVD 4.0
  2. To add a photo, click the photo button. To add a movie, click the movie button.
  3. In the iPhoto or iMovie browser, select the item you want to add.
  4. Drag the selected items into the drop zone. (Drop zones are identified by dotted lines around an area.
  5. Drag the item within the drop zone using the hand pointer.


Adding Movies to Your DVD

It is best to place all movies in the movies folder on your hard drive.

Adding Movies to Your DVD

  1. Click the Customize button to open the Customize drawer.(Click the Media button)
  2. Click the movies button to open the movie browser.
  3. Drag the desired movie into your DVD's Menu area.
  4. You can also add a movie by dragging it from the desktop into the DVD window.
Creating a DVD Slide Show

Using the iPhoto Browser

  1. In iPhoto create an album containing the photos you want in the slide show, sequenced in the order you want them to appear.
  2. In iDVD, clicked the Customize button to open the Customize Drawer.
  3. Click the Photos button.
  4. Locate the desired album and drag it into the iDVD menu area.

Creating a Slide Show Within iPhoto

  1. Work in iPhoto
  2. Select the photos you want to include in the DVD Slide Show. You can select an entire album.
  3. Click the iDVD Button in iPhoto's Organize pane.
  4. iPhoto send the photos to iDVD, which creates a new slide show for them.

Creating a Slide Show from Scratch

  1. Click the iDVD's Slide show button.
  2. Double-click on the button that iDVD just created.
  3. Drag photos or the folder containing the photos into the slide show editor.

Adding Music to Slide Shows

  1. Open the Customize drawer and click on the Audio button.
  2. Find the song you want using the iTunes browser.
  3. Drag the song to the Audio well of iDVD's slide show editor.

TV Save Slide Shows

TVs tend to cut off the top and sides of a picture. Under the Advanced Button you can select "Show TV Safe Area". Keep anything you create inside the safe area.


Customizing Your DVD's Interface

Customizing Button Positions

  1. Select "Free Position" option in the button area of the Settings pane. You can now drag buttons around the menu.

Kill the Watermark

  1. Choose Preferences from the iDVD menu.
  2. Click on the General BUtton
  3. Uncheck the SHOW APPLE LOGO WATERMARK box.

Changing the Background Image

  1. Drag an image into the iDVD window.

Customizing Button Shapes

  1. Select Settings from the Control Panel.
  2. Click on the style FROM THEME button. (Select T if you only want a title button.)
  3. Select the shape.

Changing Button Text Labels

  1. Select the text for the button or the title
  2. Choose the options from the side menu.

Menu and Interface Design Tips

Make your user interface very easy to navigate. Decide how many menu screens you might need.

Here is a sample of how a DVD may be planned.


The first page would have the title of the DVD, and 3 buttons. One button will take you to a menu of Math Movies. The middle button will take you to a movie of Class Rules. The third button will take you to a menu of Social Studies movies. This DVD will have 3 menu pages.



Creating Additional Menus (Submenu)

  1. Click on the Folder icon
  2. Now, click on the button that was created.
  3. Customize the look of each submenu independently of the other menus.
  4. Each submenu has a return button that, when clicked, returns the user to the menu that lead to the submenu. You can have submenus within submenus.

To Remove Sound from a Motion Menu

  1. Simple drag the sound out of the Audio well. The icon will disappear in a cloud of smoke.

To Add Background Music to a Motion Menu

  1. Drag an audio file into the Audio well of the Settings panel.
Burning Your DVD
  1. Preview your movie. You are now spending about $5.00 to create one DVD. Mistakes can be costly.
  2. Avoid running any other programs while burning.
  3. Make sure you are using a DVD-R disc.
  4. Double-click the iDVD's Burn Button.
  5. Insert a blank DVD-R disc.