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Creating a custom DVD

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With iDVD you can create a fully custom DVD

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complete with multiple menus
and custom buttons and backgrounds

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and, best of all, it's easy to do.

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When iDVD opens

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click "Create a New Project"

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then type a project name.

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You can choose if you want
to create a "Standard"

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or a "Widescreen" DVD.

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When you're ready, click "Create".

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Next choose one of the great looking themes

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to establish the overall look of your DVD.

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You can click each theme to preview it

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and don't worry you can
always change the theme later

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by just choosing another one.

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After you select a theme

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click the placeholder title text

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and type a title that you want viewers
to see for your DVD.

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Now that your project is created

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you're ready to add your movies
and pictures to your DVD.

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To add movies, click "Media"

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and then click "Movies".

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Projects you created using iMovie

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as well as QuickTime compatible movies

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stored in your "Movies" folder

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will automatically appear.

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You can preview movies
by clicking the "Play" button

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and clicking it again to stop.

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When you're ready to add a movie to your DVD

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simply drag the movie from the media browser

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to your DVD menu.

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iDVD will create a button for your movie,

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you can change the buttons name by clicking it

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and typing a new name.

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You can also drag the button wherever you want.

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Next let's have a slideshow,

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just click add (+)

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"Add Slideshow"

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then change the button's name

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to what you would like your viewers to see

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and reposition it where you want the button.

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To add your photos to the slideshow

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double-click the button

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and go to the media browser and click "Photos".

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Here you can see all your photos in iPhoto

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then just drag in the photos that you want add.

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You can even add an entire event

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to build your slideshow quickly.

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Another great way to customize the look

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of the menus in your DVD menu

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is to add your own video clips
and pictures to the drop zones.

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To add a video clip to a drop zone

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just click "Movies",

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then find a video that you want add

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and drag it to the drop zone.

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The dotted line shows when
the pointer is over the right spot.

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If you want a different part of
the video to play the drop zone

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just select the drop zone

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and then move the sliders to change

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which part of the clip viewers will see.

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If you're using a theme with multiple drops zones

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and they might not all be visible
on the menu screen at the same time.

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To easily edit all the drop zones

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click the "Drop Zone Editor" button.

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Now you can easily see all the drops zones

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making it easier to drag video clips or photos

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to each drops zone well.

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To try out your DVD

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click the "Preview" button.

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iDVD will open your DVD in a DVD simulator

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where you can click the menu buttons,

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watch your movies and slideshows.

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To return to editing your DVD

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just click the "exit" button
on the iDVD remote control.

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And when you're done editing your DVD

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just click the burn button to make a disk

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that can be playback in any standard DVD player.
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