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  1. #1

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    Sep 30, 2013
    Sharing an iMovie
    I have created a 10 minute iMovie and I wish to share it with my family overseas.

    In the past, I have created a DVD using iDVD and then posted it. I have tried to do this again but I have been unsuccessful (iDVD seems to be burning the DVD, giving lots of progress messages and ending with a message confirming success, but the DVD is actually blank!). I have tried both DVD-Rs and DVD-RWs and I get the same [no] result).

    I talked to an Apple store employee who said that iDVD is no longer supported as it is 'old technology'.

    So, my question is: Has anyone got any suggestions as to how to fix my iDVD problem and/or, if not, how else could I share my video with my family overseas.

    Technical details:
    iMac 2.4GHz Intel Core Duo
    Max OSX 10.6.8
    iMovie HD 5.0.2 (111)
    iDVD 7.1.2 (1158)


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    Jan 22, 2010
    Victoria, BC
    Mid-2012 MBP (16GB, 1TB HD), Monoprice 24-inch second monitor, iPhone 5s 32GB, iPad Air 2 64GB
    On my machine, iDVD still works and does things the same way as it did before (and I'm on Mountain Lion -- Apple doesn't remove iDVD if you already have it, they just don't support it anymore).

    You'll need to describe the steps you are taking for us to narrow this down, but I suspect the problem here is iMovie rather than iDVD. That version is ooooooolllllllldddddd and much less supported than your version of iDVD.

    If you just need to burn the video to a "movie" DVD without the fancy menus and such, export the movie from iMovie as a QuickTime file and use Burn to create a straightforward DVD. It's free and easy.

    Also, it's time to step up to today's iMovie. Believe me, I was one of the haters of iMovie when it changed to its new style, but one day I decided to dump my attitude and approach it as a wholly new program (like one used to do when switching from iMovie to Final Cut Pro) -- and by golly, I love the program now. It didn't happen overnight, but Apple was right -- it's a better approach.

  3. #3

    Member Since
    Sep 30, 2013
    Thanks for that, chas-m.

    I downloaded Burn and attempted to burn my DVD. I had the same problem in that Burn went through the motions as if burning successfully - but the end result result was a blank DVD! I am assuming that my iMac DVD drive is not working. This is borne out by the fact that I transferred the file created by Burn from my Mac to my PC, where I successfully burnt my DVD!

    The bottom line is that I have isolated the problem - and I have my DVD!

    Many thanks

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