No iDVD :(

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by libertyranger10, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. libertyranger10, Aug 25, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2011

    libertyranger10 macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2011
    So I got my new 11" Macbook Air in yesterday and I noticed that it doesn't have iDVD, nor iWeb. Now, I own an external DVD drive and planned on using iMovie to make movies and then burning them to DVD's. With no iDVD, I find that I cannot do it :(

    After doing some research I found that you could buy the iLife 11 DVD from the Apple store and it would come with iDVD. iDVD is not, however, offered through the App store. It looks like Apple really wants to get rid of hard media after all.

    So, either buy iLife 11 at the Apple store just to get iDVD, or download it somewhere. Since I own a copy of iLife 11 through buying my new Macbook Air, I don't see a need to buy a new copy. Download it is.

    Why I am posting, I'm just upset that Apple didn't include iDVD. I know my Macbook Air doesn't come with a DVD burner, but what about their superdrive they sell. Someone could feasibly desire to burn a DVD and use their superdrive to do so.
  2. StevenT42 macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2010
    Or you can legitimately purchase Toast, and create DVD's that way.
  3. dangerfish macrumors 6502

    Aug 28, 2007
    I won't argue that Apple didn't pull a fast one here, seeing as they still sell the physical DVD with those programs. But I don't think you will be able to provide any proof that your new Air was supposed to include those programs.
    As far as I can tell, no new Macs come with those programs.
    So basically you are advocating stealing because you cheated, even though you weren't.
  4. windows4ever macrumors member


    Aug 14, 2011
    You're not the only one who was miffed by this change to the pre-installed iLife 11 that came with Lion. My case is a little different. When I bought my refurb MacBook Pro the web page on the refurb site specifically said it would come with iDVD. Apple made good and mailed me a copy. And it was literally a copy - burned onto a purple DVD-R disc.
  5. Queen6 macrumors 604


    Dec 11, 2008
    Flying over the rainforest at dawn - Priceless
    I would just ask Apple, they will probably just send you a copy, as they are generally noted for helping their customers...
  6. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    Show me on the MacBook Air website where it ever said it would come with iDVD. I really don't understand how people can be so self-entitled especially when MacBook Air was never advertised as coming with iDVD.
  7. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    Perhaps you can find an older version of iLife. iDVD hasn't been updated in years. The version that comes in iLife11 is the same exact one from iLife09 ... and maybe 08.

    See if anyone on your local Craigslist is offering.

  8. Nychot macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2011
    Isnt ilife

    Isnt idvd etc in the flash drive that came with the macair from oct 2010. I havent checked but thats what i was told by apple tech support when i called to ask why my new 2010 also didnt have iphoto on the 64gb home page. He said to put the drive in usb and just check the ones i want like iphito and idvd.

  9. maril1111 macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2010
    It doesn't but the OP probably just read iLife and assumed that idvd will be included, but how would you use it in the first place? The Macbook Air has no DVD burner
  10. hfj macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2011
    Part of the reason I picked up an MBA (my first Mac since my Powerbook Duo in college, so that dates me) was because I had needed to put together a slideshow using a borrowed white Macbook on very short notice, and I used iMovie for the slideshow and iDVD to author a DVD that was handed out. That worked out fairly well; iDVD can save to VIDEO_TS files, which I transferred to my Windows desktop to save as my own copy. So when I recently needed to do a similar task, I decided to get an MBA, and I was surprised to find iDVD missing. This was important because they needed a DVD with menus and such that could be put into any player.

    Fortunately, a friend gave me an old boxed version of iLife. After a few false starts and some searching, I used HFSExplorer to read the disk on my Windows desktop, put the files on a USB stick, installed (and updated) iDVD, and I was good to go. I authored the DVD with my iMovie output in iDVD, wrote out the VIDEO_TS/AUDIO_TS folders, transferred those to my Windows machine and burned the DVDs.

    iDVD wasn't the only option I considered, but it was my preferred option because I already knew roughly how to use it and I knew it had several templates that I liked, so I was pleased to get it working.
  11. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    It doesn't, but the OP has an external DVD burner. Also, you can buy the External Superdrive from Apple.
  12. IngerMan macrumors 65816


    Feb 21, 2011
    Since I migrated from my 2010 MBA, my new 2011 MBA Lion has iDVD.

    I even upgraded my 2010 MBA to Lion for the last few weeks I had it. But it still kept my current apps, one being iDVD, iWeb. So I suppose as long as you Migrate and you had it on another machine, you will keep it.
  13. BigSaintDogs macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2011
    Rhode Island, USA
    Seems like whining as i was not advertised as included. Buy it, steal it or find an alternative. Are you asking what else does the job so you will not have to buy software?
  14. robby818 macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2007
    Or you can backup the hidden ilife pkg installer on the flash drive that came with the 2010 MBA and use it to install idvd on a 2011 MBA.
  15. njsa04playa macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2010
    new joisey
    there are many alternatives to stealing AKA working.
  16. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    From what the original poster has already said it sounds like he thinks he is above working for things he hasn't paid for and that he would rather steal it then buy it. The MacBook Air was not advertised as coming with iDVD and didn't come with iDVD so he obviously didn't buy it but yet thinks that Apple owes it to him.
  17. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Apple no longer bundling iDVD should be no surprise to anyone who has paid even cursory attention to Apple's strategy over the past 2 years. It hasn't been updated since 2009, they are pushing iTunes, completely ignored Blu-Ray, built a big data center in North Carolina for iCloud, released a new Mac Mini without an optical drive, and dropped the MacBook, positioning the MacBook Air (which has never had an optical drive) as the new mainstream notebook.

    Don't be surprised if the new MacBook Pros don't have optical drives, either.

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