How to burn iPhoto Slideshow on DVD?

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  1. myxzyden macrumors member

    Apr 13, 2007
    Hello all,

    I've been trying to burn a DVD from iPhoto's slideshow.

    From reading a thread here, I export the Slideshow to iMovie. Which is made into a .mov flie. Then I add some stuff and edited the movie under iMovie. But then I couldn't find a way to burn it unto a non-computer playable format. So I export it from iMovie to iDVD.

    So far seems alright.... ready to burn the DVD and all..... but here's the problem:-

    1) The oginal photos are around 500MB, after I made it into .mov file... it's like 800MB. After I edited it under iMovie (Just some extra text and all) it became a whopping 9.5GB!!! Too large even for a blank DVD...Have I done anything wrong?

    2) Picture quality on iPhoto was excellent.. but when made into .mov the quality was awful...... Anyway to improve the quality?

    Thanks first :)
  2. theBB macrumors 68020


    Jan 3, 2006
    1) If iMovie project is 9.5GB, that is not necessarily a deal breaker. It converts everything into dv format and even if you edit some of your clips to have shorter duration, it hangs on to the original dv version, so iMovie projects can take up a lot of space. As long as the duration of your movie is less than an hour, iDVD should handle it fine.

    BTW, you can just pick "Add Movie" in iDVD and pick your iMovie project. You don't have to go through other steps of exporting etc.

    2) Well, if you are preparing a regular NTSC DVD, there is not anything you can do. The resolution is limited to 720x480, which is about 0.3 MP, about the same quality as a webcam.
  3. bmcgonag macrumors 65816


    Mar 20, 2007
    I believe what I've done is export the Slideshow to the desktop.

    then I import it to iMovie, get ready for it to take a while. The quality when watching in iMovie was not great but not terrible, but once you export to iDVD it improves again, atleast it did for me.

    I then setup everything in iDVD, initial menu, chapters, blah blah blah, then I saved the iDVD project, and I also saved the project as a .img file to my drive. Easier to burn again for copies later. You can then just watch the .img to see how it looks, what size it is and all that.

    Keep with it, and you'll get it worked out.


  4. theBB macrumors 68020


    Jan 3, 2006
    If you are going to burn an iPhoto slideshow only without any additional editing, then you can just select Share -> iDVD.
  5. twistedlegato macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2006
    Dont export it to iMovie silly!

    Just click send to iDVD and make your DVD screen thingy then burn it.

    It should saty you 800 or 500MB that way.
  6. dukeonuke macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2008
    I made a slide show in iphoto and tried to Share>Send to iDVD. I get an error saying that an error occurred while exporting - The export movie file could not be created. Any body have this happen to them, know why, and tell me how to fix it?

    I did the export to imovie and then burn one on idvd, but the low res quality looks like crap. So I need to see if I can share/export directly to idvd and create a .dv or other format (as the quicktime movie format .mov looks like crappy resolution).

    Thanks for any assistance.


  7. fkern macrumors newbie

    Sep 8, 2008
    Burning an iPhoto slideshow to DVD

    I was able to burn the iPhoto slide show to DVD, but I had 2 problems. First, when I played it on my computer there was no music. Second, when I tried to play it on my DVD player connected to my HD TV it couldn't read the disk.

  8. minione macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2009
    Hi folks this seems to be a problem which is common to burning slide show to DVD. I have spent the past weeks trying to burn a slide show containing 143 slides with background music, and I've hit many of the problems mentioned above. The show is 30 minutes long, and when I play it in my normal DVD player it gets to slide 99 and loops back to the start, even though I have loop-back disabled. It appears that each slide is designated as a chapter and therefore 99 is the max number of chapters, again even though I did not enable the "mark chapters" at the beginning. I have exported the slide show to IDVD which made a Quicktime . mov out of it, and which plays perfectly on my computer. When I burn the project the above problem/s appears, or the sound track stops, or there are gaps in the soundtrack. I am frustrated, so can any of you guys help, I need to do it this week.:confused:
  9. dukeonuke macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2008
    Well This Sucks!

    Below is what "JediMeister" Link Says:

    iDVD '08: Slideshow audio playback briefly drops out after 99 images

    * Last Modified: August 07, 2007
    * Article: TA23794

    * Old Article: 302962

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    Products Affected

    iDVD '08 (7.x), iDVD

    In iDVD '08, your slideshows are no longer limited to 99 images. You can now have up to 9,801 images in a slideshow. If you add a slideshow to your iDVD project with more than 99 images and an audio track, you may notice that the audio drops out very briefly after the 99th slide on your burned DVD.

    You won't notice this if:

    * You have 99 or fewer slides in a slide show.
    * You preview a slide show with more than 99 images in iDVD (it only occurs on a burned DVD or disc image).

    Related documents

    Article 302961: After 99 images in a slideshow, set-top DVD player will reset to chapter 1
  10. fkern macrumors newbie

    Sep 8, 2008
    I made a slideshow in iPhoto combining photos and video clips. It plays perfectly on the computer - the slideshow background music gets quiet when the sound of the video clips plays, etc. However, when I burn it to a DVD and play that on my TV the background music disappears and I only get the sound from the video clips.

    When I remove the video clips it plays perfectly on my TV.

    I spoke with Apple support and then an Apple "specialist", who could not diagnose the problem and agreed that it might be a bug.

    It seems that the software can only support a single soundtrack - either the background music or the video clips.

    Have any of you produced a DVD that is playable on your TV that contains BOTH photos with background music and video clips with sound?
  11. dukeonuke macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2008

    IMovie and IDVD Suck ARSE....................

    Come on Apple....Git Yer Schmidt 2gether.
  12. dinnerrollfeet macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2010
    I created a 3-minute slideshow with music in iPhoto and simply wanted to burn a DVD of it, as was, without all the iMovie bells and whistles. After much trial and error, I finally found the simplest way, and it can also be viewed on a Windows computer or by a photo-processing company. In a word, USE FINDER!

    1) In iPhoto, select the slideshow you want to burn to a disc.
    2) Export the slideshow to a folder on your computer (I just made one on my desktop to use).
    3) When the export is finished, quit iPhoto.
    4) Click the Finder icon, and then insert a blank DVD-R disc into your drive.
    5) Drag the folder that contains your exported slideshow to the disc's icon.
    6) When the files have been copied, choose File > Burn Disc, and then click Burn.
  13. masseh macrumors newbie

    Sep 8, 2010
    burning a slide show made in iPhoto 9 using iPhoto's "burn" icon

    There is a way of making a slide show in iPhoto 9, going to the "burn" icon in iPhoto, and burning it to a disc. However, the image quality is poor when played back on a dvd player. Does anyone know the best settings to do this?
  14. arivera macrumors newbie

    May 7, 2011
    Thanks!! it worked!

    Thanks!! it worked!!:)
  15. Cinnygirl macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2011
    iPhoto slideshow to dvd

    I need help please.. I have 960 pics for a slideshow in Iphoto. Every time I try to export or share to iDVD I get an error message operating error 9549. I have searched everywhere to see what this error means no avail... I desperately need to burn this DVD ASAP... Anyone have any ideas. It's just pics no music or anything....
  16. MimiVanV macrumors newbie

    Aug 15, 2011

    I exported this as a slideshow and the slideshow doesn't copy - I only get a blank DVD. Should I have exported it as something else? I am soooo frustrated I can't even tell you. I've done this so many times and for whatever reason, it's not working. Did iPhoto change something?

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