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iDVD 7
Developer(s)Apple Inc.
Final release
7.1.2 / July 11, 2011; 10 years ago (2011-07-11)
Operating systemMac OS X, Classic Mac OS
TypeDVD creation software

iDVD is a discontinued[1] DVD authoring application for Mac OS produced by Apple Inc. iDVD allows the user to burn QuickTime movies, MP3 music, and digital photos to a DVD that can then be played on a commercial DVD player. It was often considered the last step of Apple's iLife suite, bringing together the results of all of the other iLife apps onto a removable medium.


While initially available only for Macs with a SuperDrive, it was included until 2011 with all new Macs; from iDVD 6 onwards, Apple supported the ability to burn projects with third-party optical drives. iDVD was no longer preinstalled on Macs shipping with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, and was not available on the Mac App Store with all of the other iLife apps. It was, however, still available in the boxed copy of iLife '11, until the release of iLife '13.[2] It is no longer functional on macOS 10.15+ because it is not a 64-bit application.


iDVD included over 100 Apple-designed themes for DVD menus and submenus, which allowed for the easy creation of DVD menu systems. Each theme included "drop zones," onto which movies or photographs could be placed, some of which could be animated automatically. Any theme could be applied to each of the menus in an iDVD project.[3]

iDVD integrated tightly with the rest of the iLife suite, as well as with Final Cut Express and Final Cut Pro. iMovie projects and iPhoto slideshows could be exported directly to iDVD. In the case of iMovie projects, scene selection menus were automatically created in accordance with chapter markers that were set within iMovie. The application also had a Media panel that provided access to the user's iTunes library, iPhoto library and Movies folder at any time. It also provided a map view, which showed a flow chart of the project's menu system.[4] Another feature was the ability to hide or show an approximation of the 'TV-safe area' (as old televisions often cut off some of a video's outer areas). iDVD also incorporated a 'One-Step DVD' function, which would automatically rewind the currently connected DV camcorder and burn a DVD of the video footage stored on the tape.

iDVD shipped with fonts (located at /Applications/ that were not installed, to prevent them from being available to other applications by default.

Version history

iLife Version Release date New Features Notes
iLife iDVD January 9, 2001
iLife iDVD 2 July 18, 2001 Motion menus
iLife iDVD 3 January 7, 2003
  • Themes from iDVD 1 omitted
  • Drop zones (the user can customize indicated areas with pictures and videos)
Bundled as part of iLife '03
iLife '04 iDVD 4 January 6, 2004
  • Themes from iDVD 2 omitted
  • 30-second menu loop limit omitted (the user can set the menu loop for longer than 30 seconds)
Bundled as part of iLife '04
iLife '05 iDVD 5 January 11, 2005
  • Drop zones are numbered
  • Drop zone editor (the user can edit all drop zones in a menu at once)
  • Motion playhead (the user can go to a specific point in the menu)
Bundled as part of iLife '05.

Incompatible with later versions of Mac OS X 10.5

iLife '06 iDVD 6 January 10, 2006 Change of aspect ratio (the user can choose to create a widescreen project) Bundled as part of iLife '06.

First Universal binary version. Refined look based on iTunes 5 and 6.

iLife '08 iDVD 7.0 August 7, 2007 Themes from iDVD 1 and iDVD 2 restored Bundled as part of iLife '08
iLife '09 iDVD 7.0.3 January 27, 2009 None Bundled as part of iLife '09
iLife '11 iDVD 7.1 October 20, 2010 None Bundled as part of iLife '11

See also


  1. ^ "Apple Support Communities - Where is iDVD on my new Mac - August 21, 2011". Retrieved October 25, 2012.
  2. ^ "Apple - MacBook Pro - All the reasons why you'll love a Mac". Retrieved October 21, 2011.
  3. ^ "Apple - iMac - Comes with software you'll love to use". Archived from the original on July 19, 2012. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
  4. ^ "Apple - MacBook Air - Apps you need and want are already included". Retrieved October 21, 2011.