iLife has always been the number one reason why I love the Mac so much, it was pretty much the reason why I switched to using Macs. There are many ways to go about making an iPhoto slideshow in iDVD, but you don’t get the same result with each different way. I discovered the best way to get a slideshow with the Ken Burns effect and background audio is to make a “Slideshow” in iPhoto and export to QuickTime. From there, you can import into iDVD and burn your slideshow. Here’s how I did it:
- Open iPhoto and make an album with all of the photos you want in the slideshow.
- Now select the “New Slideshow” button in the bottom toolbar, which will make another special album that is for slideshow purposes only. This is required if you want the Ken Burns effect with your slideshow.
- Edit the parameters of the new slideshow by setting background music, transition effects, Ken Burns, etc.
- Choose File – Export. I suggest using the highest quality setting (640×480) and export to the “Movies” folder in your Home directory. Then click “Export” and wait for iPhoto to finish the export.
- Open iDVD and the Movies folder where you saved the iPhoto slideshow.
- Drag the exported slideshow file into the iDVD frame, which will import the movie into your iDVD project.
- Dress up the DVD menus to your liking and burn. A major benefit of using the iPhoto export is that iDVD doesn’t have to re-encode the movie, so the burning process will not take too long.
You may ask why I didn’t just open iDVD and create a slideshow or maybe just use iMovie to create my slideshow. iDVD 6′s slideshow feature is much better than earlier versions of iDVD, but it is still in need of further improvement. iDVD caps the number of photos in a slideshow to 9,801 images (how did they get 9,801?), and iDVD doesn’t support the Ken Burns effect, which I think is crucial to making an entertaining slideshow. However, iMovie does support Ken Burns and doesn’t have a maximum number of photos, but iMovie takes a very long time to encode the photos, and it requires the user to manually setup the Ken Burns effect for each photo, which I think is ridiculous. Overall, the iPhoto slideshow export trick is the easiest and fastest way to get your memories on DVD to share.