Since the parts of this book that aren't about how to make a DVD are about how to use iDVD, in this section I'll give you an overview of what iDVD looks like and what some of its parts do. This time I'll do it using pictures, which I hope are worth several thousand words each.
Figure 1.2 is a big picture of the Big Picture.
Figure 1.2. This, my friends, is iDVD.
One of the first things you'll do when you begin working with iDVD is import video and other elements into your project. This being a Macintosh and all, while there is an Import item in the File menu, it's even easier to just drag your media files onto iDVD, as shown in Figure 1.3.
Figure 1.3. Getting movies into iDVD is as easy as dragging and dropping.
One of iDVD's greatest strengths is the ease of changing the look and feel of your DVD project by selecting a different theme in the Themes pane, as shown in Figure 1.4.
Figure 1.4. The joy of themes one click gets you a whole new look.
Another simple pleasure is that iDVD lets you make a slideshow out of digital still photos, as shown in Figure 1.5.
Figure 1.5. Making a slideshow part of your DVD is a cinch.
Before you commit to burning a $3 disc, use iDVD's preview mode (complete with a cute little remote control) to check your work, as shown in Figure 1.6.
Figure 1.6. Clever how they simulate a remote control on the screen, don't you think?
OK. That'll be about enough of that. We're going to get back to this fun stuff shortly, but first there are things you need to know before you even think about burning a DVD. Which happens to be the title of Chapter 2.