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Creating chapters in iDVD

iDVD allows you to create chapters, but is limited to where you can place the actual chapter points.  Did you know that you can use Final Cut Pro to create specific chapter points that will automatically turn into iDVD chapters.

To do this, all you need to do is add markers directly within a Final Cut Pro sequence.  Press the 'M' key to add a marker point at the place you'd like to have a DVD chapter.  Make sure the marker is placed within the actual Final Cut Pro sequence, and NOT within the actual clip. You don't need to add a marker at the very beginning.

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add_marker.gifNext, press the 'M' again to bring forward the Edit Marker dialog box.  Within the Edit Marker box, press the 'Add Chapter Marker' button to add the required meta-data into the marker point.  This is so iDVD knows to create a physical chapter point from the marker.


Next, all you need to do is export your sequence as a QuickTime movie.  Navigate to the File menu and select 'Export -> QuickTime Movie'  The save dialog box will appear. Change the 'markers' menu to include chapter markers. 

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Next, all you need to do is drag your Final QuickTime movie file directly into the iDVD interface.  Just make sure you don't drop your movie into a 'drop zone area'.  Drop Zones are for visual reference only.

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