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iMovie 09 Introductory lessons

iMovie 09 – StumbleUpon. This has some interesting introductory information on how to use iMovie. It is a few years out of date, but still is useful. Has other good information about iDVD and iWeb as well.


Menu flicker in iDVD


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Tim Wierenga figured it out.

I use the external as storage for the project. I boot from the computer.

You were right on the suggestion that this laptop may not have enough power. I tried it on the Church iMac and the menus were fine.

It is disappointing that iDVD will not work well on a 5 year old machine.

via Apple – Support – Discussions – Menu flicker ….

iLife’11 won’t burn iDVD’s

Need more space

Apple – Support – Discussions – Multiplexing and burning error ….  SDMacuser solves the issue:

Have you tried disposing of the plist for iDvd yet? It’s located in your Home folder (the one that looks like a house) > Library > Preferences >

Make sure to quit iDvd prior to disposing of the plist. This procedure will not harm your mac nor the app. Lastly I’d like you to Restart your mac and try iDvd one more time. Post back if you need further help.


Impossibly slow time line editing in iMovie

Apple – Support – Discussions – Impossibly slow time line editing ….  User PT seems to solve the problem with his suggestions.

A couple of things. First, you may need to run basic OS maintenance stuff if you haven’t already…

My standard list of things to do first for these weird sort of problems. There are several alternate programs that do the same things with some combining the functions of some of the ones below. So everyone has their favorites, but here are mine…

  • Run MacJanitor (free download) to do all the Unix Cron Maintenance scripts.
  • Run Disk Utility (Applications -> Utilities) and repair disk permissions on your start up drive (typically your internal drive). Also verify any other drives mounted on the system, especially any external drives that you use for iMovie and iDVD projects.
  • Run Preferential Treatment (free download) to check for corrupt/damaged application and system preference files.
  • Run Cache Out X (free download) to clear all system and application caches.
  • Reboot your Mac (after running Cache Out X you are given the option to restart the machine).

Keep in mind that many of the above applications have different versions for Panther vs. Tiger and later versions.

Additional info on this sort of thing…

Macintosh OS X Routine Maintenance

Maintaining Mac OS X

Also, what version of QT are you running? Did you recently upgrade it? My own experience, and one that was reflected in many other posts here by other people, is that 10.3.9, iMovie4 and QT v7.x do not play well together. For OS 10.3.9 it is strongly suggested to stick with QT 6.x (whatever the last version was of QT6). QT7 and OS 10.3.9 are a known bad combo when working with iMovie4 and iDVD4.

And as already pointed out by another poster, trying a new user account to see if it is a system wide issue or just a problem with your user account is a good check.


How can you put iDVD created with iDVD into the iPad?

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Niels solution worked for the poster.

If you dont have the source material, use MPEG Streamclip and Apples MPEG2 playback component to convert the VOB files on the DVDs to MPEG-4, move the MPEG-4s into iTunes, and sync the iPad.

via Apple – Support – Discussions – Puting iDVD created with iDVD onto iPad ….

Error code 0x80020042 when trying to …

The solution for rawsaxy:

Well, after making the mistake of adding permissions to internal files on the main hard drive and system folder, I ended up with the Gray Screen and Restart Loop problem. I was able to backup the important files before doing an Erase & Install. Everything is working better than before now. I left the Mac OS at 10.5.2, and guess what? I was able to burn a DVD in iDVD ’08 now! Thank you Lord!

via Apple – Support – Discussions – Error code 0x80020042 when trying to ….

Another two solutions are from this thread.

1.  Try another kind of media

2.  Use a Computer CD/DVD cleaning pad.

Both of this solutions fixed the problem for two posters.

Are your iDVD movies freezing?

Bengt has some great solutions to solve this.  Also you should avoid Memorex and try Verbatim.  Following his suggestions solved the issues for the poster.

How To Add Music To Your Apple IDVD Slideshow

This is a great video that shows you step by step how to do this.  You should pop over here.