How to Use iDVD Themes in iMovie
Last updated: 05/03/2007
Alright, so iMovie is an awesome video editing application that comes free with every Mac - that part we’ve figured out. You’ve probably already edited with it and figured out that it is capable of a lot. But what if you want more than what the program already offers? What if you feel that the five themes provided in iMovie won’t benefit your video project?
Let’s look at the current themes in iMovie. There's Travel, Road Trip, Pass Through, Reflection - White, and Reflection - Black. Of course, there are Theme Elements within every Theme, but each of these elements look reasonably similar to the five different types. Sometimes they just won’t cut it when editing a video -- like an extreme sports project, for instance.
Apple will no doubt be releasing additional themes for iMovie in the future, but for now there are only so many options. You may also be thinking that the five default themes are only geared towards novice or amateur video editors, but in reality, they can save even the professionals a lot of time. We recommend checking them out to see if they can add anything to your video projects!
If you’ve ever opened iDVD, you have no doubt noticed the plethora of different menu themes available. These themes can add a lot to your video projects, and are relatively easy to integrate into your iMovie video projects. They can be used for more than just DVD menus -- they can be part of videos themselves!
We'll show you how to use these iDVD themes in iMovie.
Find the Right iDVD Theme and Customize It
- Open iDVD.
Some of the menu themes might work well as bumpers between video clips in iMovie, and some might be great for a sequence of moving photos.
If there is some part of a theme that you don’t really like and you’d like to remove it entirely (like that opaque bar in the theme above that, if used as for a DVD, would list all the video tracks), and you are feeling adventurous, then check out this tutorial that may
provide the answers to removing or changing various elements of iDVD themes:
We’ve tried the tutorial and it works really well -- it just takes some technical know-how!
Getting the Customized Theme into iMovie
Alright, so you have the iDVD menu theme you want, and you've customized it for your iMovie project. How do you get the thing into iMovie? Here’s where it gets kinda tricky. But don’t worry. In a few minutes you’ll have a clip from the iDVD theme. See, iDVD was created for making and authoring DVDs, not for being used to create clips to be used in iMovie. We'll be exporting the iDVD project to your Mac, finding the iDVD menu file, and then converting it to a video file to be used in iMovie.
Here's how to do it:
- iDVD won’t let you export anything unless you’ve added video content somewhere in the project first - it’ll give you an error message. So open up the DVD map by clicking on the map button below the iDVD project window (the one on the right in the screenshot below).
If using MPEG Streamclip go to File --> Export to DV. You should be able to keep all the settings default. Or, if you know what you're doing and want to
change them in some way, go ahead. Click Make DV and save it to your computer in a location other than in the mounted DVD image.
You can unmount your DVD image and delete the .IMG file since you now have the converted .DV file to use in iMovie.
We hope this tutorial proves helpful in making your iMovie video projects even better!
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