DVD Preproduction Checklist
Chapter 3. Introduction to Making DVDs
Now for the moment you've been waiting for—making a DVD with iDVD. After the traditional brief introduction, we'll look at what it takes to create a DVD, but this time we'll do it tutorial-style.
Like the Apple iDVD tutorial that comes with iDVD (you
go through it, didn't you?), this chapter merely serves as an introduction to the program. But we'll actually roll up our sleeves and dig into iDVD itself, looking at the steps it takes to go from opening the program to clicking the Burn button. Chapter 4, "Shooting and Editing Tips for Great Video," hardly talks about iDVD at all—it focuses on the things that happen before you even fire up iDVD like shooting and editing. After that, we'll get back to iDVD, and look more closely at importing files, creating
There's a method to my madness. At least in theory, by the time we get to Chapter 5, "Getting Your Stuff into iDVD," (where we go back to iDVD—the program) and chapters beyond, you'll know just how all the pieces go together, and should have ideas about how you want to assemble and present them with iDVD.
iDVD: It's More Than Just a Program
Before we launch iDVD, let's look at the big picture and how the iDVD software fits into the DVD-making universe. Macs equipped with SuperDrives come with QuickTime, iMovie, iPhoto, iTunes, and iDVD all pre-installed, so you have what you need to start making movies and DVDs (except for, perhaps, a digital camcorder) as soon as you unpack your new Mac and
But making a DVD takes a bit more work than merely launching your copy of iDVD and clicking a few times.
iDVD is more than just a program—it's a piece of Apple's cradle-to-grave integrated system for producing DVDs that you can view on most home DVD players. Because Apple makes all the
I'm trying to say that DVDs will be much more interesting if you first edit all your raw footage with the included iMovie software from Apple.
That's one of the beauties of iDVD—it doesn't care how you edit your video. As long as it's output as QuickTime, it'll work with iDVD.
Here's another example of how iDVD is just part of a bigger system: When you create a video DVD using iDVD you import graphics files, video content, and audio tracks, all created by other programs like Adobe Photoshop, Digidesign Pro Tools, Bias Peak, Bias Deck, Lemke Software GraphicConverter, iMovie, iPhoto, or whatever program you prefer. Again, only after creating all of your "elements" with other software do you use iDVD to assemble those elements, and add
If you think back to the five phases of creating a DVD I mentioned in Chapter 1—plan, create, encode, author, and record—you'll see that iDVD has little to do with the first two steps. That's because—let's all say it together now: iDVD is more than just a program—it's a piece of Apple's cradle-to-grave integrated system for producing DVDs.
That system even has a
Still, you can't just launch iDVD and immediately turn out a studio-quality disc. There's much to be done before you use iDVD. In my opinion, it's much better to complete most (or all) of the video, audio, and still image elements before you even launch iDVD to put the finishing touches on the job.