Customizing Menus

While Drop Zones add a lot of opportunity to make a theme your own, customizing a menu by adding your own overall background or theme music is something you might want to do.

You can drag elements into two wells in the Background section of the Settings area in iDVD (see Figure 19.14).

Figure 19.14. The Image/Movie and Audio wells in the Background section of iDVD's Settings tab.


To add a new background image to a DVD project, you must have an image prepared that you want to drag in. It could be something like a digital picture you have taken, an image you have downloaded from the Web, or an image that you've prepared in a program such as Adobe Photoshop Elements (or its professional equivalent, Photoshop). Apple suggests you make sure your image is sized to 640x480 in order to fit the screen exactly.

To import a new background image:

  1. Open a Finder window containing the file that you want to be the new background and position it next to iDVD.

  2. Click and drag the file into the Image/Movie well in the Background section.

The new background file becomes the new image you see in your DVD screen (see Figure 19.15).

Figure 19.15. The new background image that was dragged into iDVD.



If you like the changes that you've made in customizing your DVD project, you can save this customized theme in the Favorites list of iDVD. Simply click the Save as Favorites button at the bottom of the Settings tab and give your creation a name in the dialog box that appears. When you want to choose your special theme, you can access it in the same Themes list where you normally choose a built-in theme by clicking the pop-up menu and selecting Favorites. The main value of this Favorites option is that it saves you from having to manually adjust things on every screen in a custom DVD project.

Task: Adding a Sound to a DVD Menu

If you want to add a sound to your DVD menu, you can drag it into the Audio well in the Background area of the Settings tab.

  1. Open your iDVD project. In the main iDVD window, click the Customize button to see the tray window.

  2. Click the Settings tab in the drawer .

  3. Drag a sound file into the Audio well in the Background section of the Settings tab (see Figure 19.16).

    Figure 19.16. Dragging a sound file into iDVD. You'll know where to drop the file because a "+" will appear next to your cursor.


The icon in the Audio well changes to reflect the type of file that you're dragging in. For example, compare the new icon in Figure 19.14 with the icon of the file that's being added in Figure 19.16.

Notice the Motion Duration slider near the top of Figure 19.16. The automatic setting is for 30 seconds, which is the time that the sound/music plays before repeating. This also holds true for the video portion of a motion menu.

If you decide that you no longer want the sound that you've added to a project, drag the sound file icon from the audio well to anywhere outside the iDVD window. When no audio file is set as the menu's background, the audio well will appear as in Figure 19.17.

Figure 19.17. This menu is not accompanied by sound.



If you want to temporarily silence a menu to keep it from playing over and over again as you work, you can click the speaker icon in the lower right of the audio well to mute it. Remember to unmute it before you burn the final version to DVD, or no sound will be heard on the DVD.

Sams Teach Yourself Mac OS X Digital Media. All In One
Sams Teach Yourself Mac OS X Digital Media All In One
ISBN: 0672325322
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 349 © 2008-2017.
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