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January 06, 2011

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Brian Kelly

I was just wondering, if you know, will iDVD from iLife 09 work with the iMovie 11. Since I already have iDVD (09) can I just upgrade to iMovie 11 from the app store and continue to make DVDs for friends and family, or do I have to purchase the entire iLife 11 on a disk in order for it all to integrate. I guess another question that goes along with that...will my photos from iPhoto 09 be shared for use in iMovie 11? Any information that you have would be very helpful.
P.S. I found your site a while ago and find the information to be practical and useful. Thanks for the good reading.

Jeff Carlson

Brian,

I don't have a good way to test this (all my machines already have iLife '11 installed), but yes, buying iMovie '11 from the Mac App Store and using it with iDVD '09 SHOULD work.

Let me know what you discover!

Jeff

Brian Kelly

Jeff,

Thank you for taking the time to answer. I took the chance and bought iMovie'11 and tried it. I made a short 5 minute movie and shared it to iDVD'09. After the movie finished processing iDVD'09 opened and the movie and menus were ready to customize. The only oddity that I noticed was that the animated menu (Revolution I think it's called) wasn't animated when I first started customizing or when I tried it on the sample DVD player. I adjusted the duration of the drop zone video and saved the project. After opening it again it worked. I "burned" the dvd to an .iso and when it finished DVD player had no problem opening and playing the .iso file. I'm going to experiment a little more with the menu and see if it was a one time glitch or not. If it persists I'll probably call or email Apple support. Thanks again for your site. -Brian

Jeff Carlson

When I talked to Apple about iLife '11, I asked if anything was changed at all in iDVD and iWeb, and they said there's a little bit of change to make them compatible with the new suite. But it sounds like it's nothing destructive. Thanks for reporting back!

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