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Cannot Burn A Dvd On Imac?please Help


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Hi everyone......I am really really needing some help. Finally decided to buy a imac a few months ago..really enjoying it.... And playing around with iMovie and iphoto. Only for Xmas I thought I'd make some DVDs for family only to discover I couldn't do it?went all over the internetnto find out what I needed,iDVD apparently,however its not preinstalled anymore, and there discontinuing iweb and idvd????so I went to the apple store today and they were so unhelpful. One girl mentioned popcorn but were out of stock?????others on the net have recommended toast???i really am a newbie to all this,but need some info and help please, very frustrating there isn't really much help out there???if anyone can help me please let me know. Thanks again. K

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I thought the boxed version of iLife still includes iDVD but maybe not since the Apple folks didn't recommend it. It also may be impractical to buy the boxed iLife when you already have all its apps except for iDVD.

 

Popcorn is similar to Toast except it only is for making video DVDs and converting videos to other formats. Toast can be used for many other things and is more recent so a little better with Lion. If you get on Roxio's email list they frequently have sales when buying Toast 11 as a download from their store. You also may check out the Toast Pro version that has some nice additional apps at a reasonable additional cost. The Blu-ray plugin allows burning Blu-ray videos to regular single- and dual-layer DVDs for playing HD videos on a Blu-ray player. If you are getting into HD video that may interest you as well.

 

Popcorn and Toast are very easy to use when making a video DVD.

 

My disclaimer is that all versions of Toast throughout its history have bugs, which is what I help users deal with in this forum. After you buy Toast we very well may be in contact again. By the way, if you buy the boxed version of Toast, just go to Roxio's software updates page and download the Toast 11.0.4 update rather than install from the boxed version. All you need from the box is the registration key.

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Thanks for the speedy reply......I'm impressed. Was going to buy the iLife as you mentioned but people have also been grumbling about how iDVD doesn't work and seen as everything else is already installed it seems a waste?I think I jumped in too quick as everything so far regarding mac has been impeccable burning a cd via iTunes is rapid compared to what I had to with my pc?but looking at it now I imagine toast pro would be something that would last, as you mentioned the hd possibility??? I'm confused as to whether I would need to purchase a separate DVD writer again I was under the impression that it was all built in???I have a pc world local I will look at purchasing toast pro tomorrow, I know that they arent that cheap, but it really is the only thing I need to complete the computer.........

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Thanks for the speedy reply......I'm impressed. Was going to buy the iLife as you mentioned but people have also been grumbling about how iDVD doesn't work and seen as everything else is already installed it seems a waste?I think I jumped in too quick as everything so far regarding mac has been impeccable burning a cd via iTunes is rapid compared to what I had to with my pc?but looking at it now I imagine toast pro would be something that would last, as you mentioned the hd possibility??? I'm confused as to whether I would need to purchase a separate DVD writer again I was under the impression that it was all built in???I have a pc world local I will look at purchasing toast pro tomorrow, I know that they arent that cheap, but it really is the only thing I need to complete the computer.........

If your videos are short enough (and I think this means about 20-40 minutes although I'm not sure) you can burn the Blu-ray HD format to a regular or dual-layer DVD using a regular DVD drive. So Blu-ray can mean two things: one is the kind of disc media that holds many times more content than a DVD, and the other is an HD-video playback format that can be burned to DVD or Blu-ray disc as long as there is enough space available. Toast 11 also comes with a player for playing on the Mac the Blu-ray videos burned by Toast. Given that the Mac OS doesn't support Blu-ray video this player comes in handy.

 

As for Blu-ray disc drives, they can be very nice to have for storing lots of data on a disc, backing up video and photo files and sharing materials with others that won't fit on lesser media. They, of course, can contain longer HD videos for playing on a set-top Blu-ray player.

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thankyou so much for your answers and explanations tsantee....im going out tomorrow to purchase the pro....it seems a lot of money but I'm hoping its worth it, and i can edit and make lots of dvds for family...anyway thanks again, your a STAR!!!!!!!!! p.s hopefully it runs smoothly for me, or ill be back on here picking ya brains..lol :)

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thankyou so much for your answers and explanations tsantee....im going out tomorrow to purchase the pro....it seems a lot of money but I'm hoping its worth it, and i can edit and make lots of dvds for family...anyway thanks again, your a STAR!!!!!!!!! p.s hopefully it runs smoothly for me, or ill be back on here picking ya brains..lol :)

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Just thought I'd come bk on and give a lil feedback.....bought toast pro this morning, paid top dollar for it, however i am a very impatient person......bin onit all day, and i love it, have made loads a DVDs, but I'm very impressed with all the additional software you get for free......very easy to understand and use. Very very happy. Just wish I didn't have to spend hours looking it all up, but hey I found this forum,and will be referring to it if I do stumble across any problems, would recommend to anyone thank you.

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