Make iDVD work again ...... please!!!!

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by hogie65, Feb 21, 2017.

  1. hogie65 macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2011
    Please Apple ...... I realise you think DVD is dead, but don't tell Nana, or the thousands of oldies we send DVDs to. We make a yearly video of a dance school concert - the only method of distribution we have is DVD (because, yes, we gave up on VHS). Over the last 2 years you have made it increasingly difficult to use iDVD. As of the last update to Sierra, it is dead. And there is simply no adequate replacement. Why is Sierra such a problem? What have you done? Or not done? And can you help????

    I bet I'm not the only one .....
  2. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    Have you investigated the alternatives - at this point it's clear that Apple are not interested in iDVD so that is probably your only option
  3. ColdCase macrumors 68030

    Feb 10, 2008
    There have been a few discussions on alternatives, don't recall all the detail off hand. Does iMovie have a share as DVD option? I've used FCPX and Compressor to make DVDs with simple menus. Burn comes up often here.
  4. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    Not any more, because iDVD is no more.

    Have you tried "Burn"? It's free. It doesn't have the fancy menus of iDVD, but it does everything to make a DVD.
  5. marioman38 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2006
    Elk Grove, CA
    I still use iDVD, I have a machine dedicated to it.

    2009 13" Macbook Pro boots El Capitain and runs iDVD.

    I also made a boot drive (500GB FW800 HDD) for my Late 2011 Macbook Pro, loaded with Snow Leopard and iDVD. 10.6.8 is not officially supported on the Late 2011 but it works like a charm :)

    The 2013 retina I wouldn't bother because I need an adapter to hook the FW400 camera up, and I need an external DVD drive...

    I've been digitizing all my families old 8mm, Hi8, and Digital8 tapes. I save them in iDVD as a disk image and play them back in KODI on the TV.
  6. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    Do the Dropzones still work? I have exactly the same setup, and they don't.
  7. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 604


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    I've basically come to the conclusion that us Apple people have to retain ways to boot into old systems and/or hang on to old Macs and don't update them. Thus, I have external Mac cloned drives for booting in Snow Leopard, another for booting into Yosemite and even an older Mac with Tiger. It's how to cover ALL of these kinds of issues.

    If you have a way backwards, you might get yourself an external drive and format it for an older Mac OS. Dig up the old DVDs and make it a Snow Leopard installation. Then use that for running older software. Of course, this only works if the Mac hardware is old enough to have drivers in an old OS version. If not, the solution turns into buying an older Mac that might already be formatted with an older Mac OS version.
  8. admwright macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2008
    Another option is to create a virtual Mac. I have used VirtualBox to create a virtual Snow Leopard Mac for running older software. Works fine and the performance is good. The benefit here is it is easy to copy files between the real computer and the virtual one. Also, no need to keep/support old hardware (our Snow Leopard iMac died).
  9. Bart Kela Suspended

    Bart Kela

    Oct 12, 2016
    Try Roxio Toast Titanium. It has DVD authoring capabilities.

    The other option is to build an external boot drive with an older version of Mac OS X. I have a Snow Leopard boot drive and a Mavericks boot drive, both with the latest version of the iLife and iWork apps that were available for those operating systems. Booting one of those is like stepping back into time.

    Good luck.
  10. EdT macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2007
    Omaha, NE
    Not trying to be a smart-alec or anything but I have a year old iMac with mac OS Sierra and when I do a search using launchpad I still find iDVD. I don't have a dvd player/burner hooked up to this computer so I don't know if it really works or if it has some incapacitating limitations, but I know I didn't download or install it implicitly on this computer. It is an iMac and not a laptop of any kind, maybe that's the difference?
  11. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    Unless you have to be selling it, why not just upload to Youtube? No muss, no fuss.
  12. kiwipeso1 Suspended


    Sep 17, 2001
    Wellington, New Zealand
    Toast DVD is pretty good and cheap, and it works with Sierra. Plus it's on the App store.
  13. Jerald Maxwell macrumors newbie

    Jerald Maxwell

    Oct 2, 2018
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    I figured out a way to make iDVD WORK. edit your video as usual. Save it as a open idvd build your dvd as usual. Drag the mp4 file into the project. Burn. That's how I have figured out how to make it work. I would love to see Adobe buy it up recode and revamp it. it would be a great way to expand creative cloud subscriptions
  14. jday7757 macrumors member

    Nov 21, 2012
    I don’t see Adobe buying it up since they no longer update Encore, their own DVD authoring software. The last version of Encore was CS6 and It is not a part of the Adobe Suite. That said, I still use Encore CS6 and it is compatible with all MacOS versions including Mojave.
  15. Jerald Maxwell macrumors newbie

    Jerald Maxwell

    Oct 2, 2018
    --- Post Merged, Oct 23, 2018 ---
    Agreed so if adobe and Apple are abandoning authoring software and DVDs is there a future for the physical media industry? What is the future? The cloud? Maybe it’s time to reinvent themselves.

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