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I'm ready to jump into new waters. I have had iDVD with my iMOVIE and iMAC for well over a decade (I think). I am being forced to upgrade to macOS Sierra and of course, bye bye iDVD. My research is moving in the direction of Rixio Toast 16 Pro. My questions are many, but specifically I am kind of used to editing my movies in iMOVIE and I am hoping that iMOVIE still works with Sierra. I have to move to verison 10, from what I now use (iMOVIE 9.0.4) hoping that the new version will enable me to used transitions and titles, music, etc. With Toast 16, will I have themes and chapters and is it user-friendly? How easy is it to transition from a video iMOVIE to Toast?

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iMovie has been bundled with new Macs since 2003 and free from the Mac App Store for everyone since April 18, 2017. It will be with us for a while more. iMovie 9 should run on Mac OS X 10.6 through OS X 10.9. iMovie 10.1.6 is the current version for OS X 10.11.2 (El Capitan) through macOS 10.12.6 (Sierra). iDVD 7 had been bundled with new Macs until 2011, and bundled as part of iLife ’08/’09/’11, with a last update (7.1.2) on July 11, 2011, for compatibility with Mac OS X 10.7 (10.6.8 or later).

 

iMovie 10 will have some things the same, and some things differently organized, so I would advice against taking current projects to a new version. Finish what you’re working on. iMovie 10 no longer allows you to set chapter markers.

iDVD still sort-of runs on Sierra, although some users have reported problems. Some themes may not work fully; sometimes the disc image creation fails. Even then, finish what you’re working on, before upgrading the OS. So, don’t delete it just yet, until you’re sure it isn’t useful to you with the new OS.

 

Toast does have themes. They’re static, or semi-animated, not slick like iDVD. Toast offers two apps that will author DVDs (differently): the versatile Toast main app, and the specialized MyDVD helper app. The Toast main app menus don’t support audio; The MyDVD menus do support audio. Toast does support chapters. They’re numbered, not named. Toast allows to set chapter markers at regular intervals or at selected points in time.

 

User-friendliness as in: simple, clean, intuitive, and (mostly) reliable. Sure. But you’ll be comparing to iDVD, and it will be different. Toast can do things you never asked for and won’t do some things that you were used to.

When you’re done in iMovie, Share to File, then set up a project in Toast and drag-and-drop your file to there.

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iMovie has been bundled with new Macs since 2003 and free from the Mac App Store for everyone since April 18, 2017. It will be with us for a while more. iMovie 9 should run on Mac OS X 10.6 through OS X 10.9. iMovie 10.1.6 is the current version for OS X 10.11.2 (El Capitan) through macOS 10.12.6 (Sierra). iDVD 7 had been bundled with new Macs until 2011, and bundled as part of iLife ’08/’09/’11, with a last update (7.1.2) on July 11, 2011, for compatibility with Mac OS X 10.7 (10.6.8 or later).

 

iMovie 10 will have some things the same, and some things differently organized, so I would advice against taking current projects to a new version. Finish what you’re working on. iMovie 10 no longer allows you to set chapter markers.

iDVD still sort-of runs on Sierra, although some users have reported problems. Some themes may not work fully; sometimes the disc image creation fails. Even then, finish what you’re working on, before upgrading the OS. So, don’t delete it just yet, until you’re sure it isn’t useful to you with the new OS.

 

Toast does have themes. They’re static, or semi-animated, not slick like iDVD. Toast offers two apps that will author DVDs (differently): the versatile Toast main app, and the specialized MyDVD helper app. The Toast main app menus don’t support audio; The MyDVD menus do support audio. Toast does support chapters. They’re numbered, not named. Toast allows to set chapter markers at regular intervals or at selected points in time.

 

User-friendliness as in: simple, clean, intuitive, and (mostly) reliable. Sure. But you’ll be comparing to iDVD, and it will be different. Toast can do things you never asked for and won’t do some things that you were used to.

When you’re done in iMovie, Share to File, then set up a project in Toast and drag-and-drop your file to there.

Much obliged for your response. Yes, my first instinct was to complete current projects and back them up. I will miss the iDVD animated themes. Is it true that Toast enables you to make a copy of an existing disc that is not copy write protected? E.g. Can I take a DVD created last year and make a copy of it using Toast? I'm surprised iMOVIE 10 eliminated the chapter marker capabilities. That was a cool feature. However, you point out that Toast does support chapters that are numbered. I will miss the capability of providing titles to the chapters.

 

Once again, many thanks for your response.

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Is it true that Toast enables you to make a copy of an existing disc that is not copy write protected? E.g. Can I take a DVD created last year and make a copy of it using Toast?

 

Yes, you read that right.

 

I'm surprised iMOVIE 10 eliminated the chapter marker capabilities. That was a cool feature. However, you point out that Toast does support chapters that are numbered. I will miss the capability of providing titles to the chapters.

 

I think it might have to do with the end of Apple’s disc strategy (iDVD, DVD Studio Pro, internal optical drives on new Macs).

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