Since new Mac computers come with Apple’s iLife software — a suite that includes iPhoto and iDVD — you can start by importing the pictures from the DVD into your iPhoto library. The program comes with several themed templates for making slide shows, complete with music and transitions from photo to photo. Along with several other iPhoto topics, Apple has a video tutorial for making slide shows at apple.com/ilife/tutorials/#iphoto.
Once you get your slide show timed and designed to your liking, you can burn it to a disc with the iDVD program. The program makes DVDs meant to be played on the big TV screen; tutorials for iDVD are at apple.com/ilife/tutorials/#idvd.
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Make a scene
Choose an iMovie project as your next iDVD project and you can add a scene selection menu.
iDVD automatically imports iMovie chapter markers and uses them to create your scene selections. For each chapter marker on the timeline, iMovie adds a thumbnail of the scene and an editable chapter title (such as “Blowing out the Candles” or “You May Kiss the Bride”).
Edit the chapter title in iMovie and you’ll have less work to do later, as iDVD picks up the chapter titles for its scene selection buttons.
Show off slideshows.
You can also use iDVD to show off your photos. Choose an iDVD theme and add photos one at a time or select albums, custom iPhoto books, slideshows — maybe even a video clip or two — from the iLife Media Browser. Then use the iDVD slideshow editor to rearrange photos, delete slides, or add more images from iPhoto. The slideshow editor includes tools for setting the slide duration, assigning transitions, and adding a soundtrack using songs from your iTunes library.
Add finishing touches.
Once you have all your content in place, iDVD lets you customize your menu screens. Customize drop zones with photos or video clips, choose from a library of buttons, and use built-in alignment guides to make your DVD perfect.
[source: NYT, Apple; caption: Apple, Inc.]
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