I published the first in a couple of shows about iLife '11 today, the first being all about iPhoto '11.
SCO0234 - iPhoto '11 Update - Show Link
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However, I've just had an email from a viewer with a fairly common request, and one I might have included in the show, so I'm going to repeat it here.
The question was:
How do I burn an iPhoto slideshow to DVD without using an iDVD theme?
There are two options in iPhoto '11 that allow you to burn photos to DVD but neither will allow you to play a slideshow automatically in a DVD player with the some times intrusive iDVD themes. The two options are:
- A direct export to iDVD, but it will force you into using one of the iDVD themes, when most people just want the slideshow to play when your insert the disc.
- There's also an option to just "Burn" the photo's but this creates an iPhoto library on the DVD, and is only readable by another copy of iPhoto '11
So this is how to create an auto running DVD with no iDVD theme that will just play when you insert it into a DVD player.
- Create a Slideshow using the option under the Create Button just like I demonstrated in the show.
- If you don't want to use any of the fancy iPhoto themes, just use the Classic theme for a plain presentation. You can change the order of the slides, add music, add movies, etc, all the features contained in iPhoto '11.
- Under Slideshow Settings select the iPod/TV (4:3) or HDTV (16:9) Aspect Ratio.
- Export the slideshow as a QuickTime movie file, again, just like I demonstrated in the show. I'd suggest going for the large size. Bare in mind that the final DVD will not display high resolution versions of the photos as the standard DVD resolution is only 720 x 480 (NTSC) or 720 x 576 (PAL), so your high res photos may not look as good as the originals!
- Once you've exported the movie, give it a quick check to make sure it plays exactly as you want using Quicktime player. If not, go back into iPhoto '11 and make any tweaks you want, then export it again overwriting the original movie
- Fire up iDVD
- Don't make any selections from the opening Dialog Box but go to File -> One Step DVD from Movie
- Navigate to your Quicktime Movie file (the default location is Pictures/iPhoto Slideshows) and select it
- Insert a blank recordable DVD in the drive and Click OK.
- iDVD will re-encode the QuickTime movie and burn it to the DVD.
- Once completed, you can insert the DVD in any DVD player and the slideshow will play, exactly as your original slideshow did in iPhoto, but with no iDVD themes.