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    burning homemade movies on dvd..?
    Hi there, I'm sorry if this has been posted before, I Recently have just been getting into making movies/slideshows on my mac, and I have a family reunion coming up and so i wanted to show my movie at the reunion... (to be played on a dvd player) I had tried to burn the movie onto the dvd, but when I put it in any player it tells me its unable to read the disc.

    I've looked around at some sites, and a lot of them say to use idvd to burn dvds. I tried looking for this program on my macbook, and was unable to find it - is this a program I have to buy?

    If that is the case is there a different program I can use that I wouldn't have to pay for. If anyone can help me out that would be fantastic!

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    iDVD is part of the iLife suite, which comes packaged with new Macs.

    You should be able to find it in your Applications folder. You might also try hitting Command+Space and typing iDVD in the Spotlight search field.

    If it's missing, you may need to reinstall from your System Discs.

    Aside from iDVD, what have you been using to burn your projects onto a disc in the past?
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    hi there,

    I got my mac probably about 2 years ago, so it's not quite as new as you are probably thinking =P

    I've tried burning them with itunes, and I had tried some demo things that i have found online, I don't remember what programs those were though

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    All Macs come with iLife and that's been true for quite a long time now. Yours would have definitely come with it. DVD Players require a very specific type of data, burnt in a specific way. That's where iDVD (or even Roxio's Toast) come in. Do a Spotlight search as mentioned above and see if you can find it. If not, you'll need to extract it from your System Discs.
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    alright, I will try when I get home from work and I'll let you know. thanks!

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    Alright, so I found the idvd... I have like 12 chapters... 50 minutes each. Is there a way to burn that onto one disc? Right now it's telling me I have to burn one chapter at a time. anyone now what i can do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lauren122688 View Post
    Alright, so I found the idvd... I have like 12 chapters... 50 minutes each. Is there a way to burn that onto one disc? Right now it's telling me I have to burn one chapter at a time. anyone now what i can do?
    Well, I'm using iDVD from the '09 suite, so I'm not sure if yours is different or not. But basically, all I do is create a new project, click Media in the lower right corner and then import my movie files. Each file is a chapter.

    How are your videos formatted?
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    uhh thats what i did before... do you have one of those theme things? It says my files are mp4, but i also have avi... so when you import it, the files are put on the right side right, then do you click and drag?

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    when i dragged the files, I get this message. "your project exceeds the max content duration. to burn your dvd change the encoder setting in thr project info window

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    To be quite honest, I haven't used iDVD all that extensively (I use Toast), so I'm not sure I'm your best resource for these kinds of questions. Hopefully someone else will jump in.

    Meanwhile, you might want to give these tutorials a look:

    Apple - iLife - Find out how to use iLife applications on the Mac.
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    do you have to pay for toast

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    Quote Originally Posted by lauren122688 View Post
    do you have to pay for toast
    Yep.

    Roxio Toast 10 Titanium - CD & DVD Burning

    But do take a moment to watch the video. iDVD is quite capable. Toast just does a lot more.
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    yeah I'm sure once i figure out idvd it will be easy... i think somehow i need to make the files smaller haha

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    does anyone else know what I can do?

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    alright, so now I got toast... i click the big red circle and get this error

    "could not record the disc because of a mac os error"

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