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Creating DVD Slide Shows

iDVD slide shows are a great way to share photos. Even low-resolution photos look spectacular on a television screen, and they can’t easily be copied and redistributed—a plus for photographers creating portfolio discs. (You can, however, opt to include the originals on the disc, as described in “The DVD-ROM Zone” on page 274.)

iDVD provides a few ways to create a slide show. You can use iDVD’s photo browser to drag a few photos or an entire album or event into the iDVD window. You can also use the Send to iDVD command in iPhoto to send an album, an event, a selection of photos, or a saved slide show to iDVD. And you can manually drag photos from iPhoto (or anywhere else) into iDVD’s slide show editor.

As the following pages describe, you can give your slide shows background music from your iTunes library and fine-tune other aspects of their appearance. You can also choose to have transitions between images; iDVD gives you twelve transition styles from which to choose (see page 262).

Each image in a slide show can be any size and orientation; however, vertically oriented images will have a black band on their left and right edges.

Slide shows aren’t even limited to still images. As with iPhoto, you can sprinkle movies into them, too. Make a slide show containing just movies if you like. Try that with your slide projector.

Creating a Slide Show Using the Media Browser

Step 1

In iPhoto, create an album that contains the photos you want in the slide show, sequenced in the order you want them to appear (see page 58). You can also create a slide show from an entire event’s worth of photos.

Step 2

Step 3

Locate the desired album or event and drag it into the iDVD menu area.

iDVD creates the slide show and a menu button for displaying it. iDVD gives the button the same name as the album or event, but you can rename the button to anything you like.

Creating a Slide Show Within iPhoto

You can send photos to iDVD from within iPhoto, and with a couple of different options.

Slide show project. If you’ve created a slide show project, you can add it to iDVD and retain its custom Ken Burns moves, theme settings, and other goodies. In iPhoto, select the slide show in your Slideshows list. Then, choose Send to iDVD from the Share menu. iPhoto creates a video version of the slide show and ships it off to iDVD.

If you need to revise the slide show, first delete it from your iDVD project. (Select its button and press Delete.) Then, return to iPhoto, make your changes, and choose Send to iDVD again.

If you create a 16:9 (widescreen) slide show in iPhoto, iDVD displays it in widescreen format.

Basic slide show. Here’s the technique to use if you don’t need Ken Burns moves and you’d prefer the advantages of a DVD slide show (for example, more efficient use of disc space and the ability to easily include original images on your disc). In iPhoto, select an album, an event, a Faces tile, a place, or a series of photos. Then, choose Send to iDVD from the Share menu.

You can revise this type of slide show directly within iDVD using the techniques on the following pages.

Creating a Slide Show from Scratch

You can also create a blank slide show and then manually add photos to it. You might use this technique to add photos that aren’t stored in your iPhoto library.

Step 1

Choose Add Slideshow from the pop-up menu or choose Project > Add Slideshow (command.jpg-L).

iDVD adds a button named My Slideshow to the currently displayed menu. Rename this button as desired.

Step 2

Double-click on the button that iDVD just created. The slide show editor appears.

Step 3

Drag photos (or a folder containing photos) into the slide show editor. Or, display the photo browser and drag photos from your iPhoto library.

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