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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Create a DVD from the Finder!

This is a pretty cool Automator script that will let you choose photos and movies from the desktop and create in a single click a complete DVD with a very nice menu. So you'll first have to download a new Automator action from It is the "Download 22: Create Magic DVD". Once this action is installed, open Automator:

1. Add "Create Magic DVD" from the iDVD actions.
2. Choose the iDVD theme you want applied when the "magic dvd" is created.
3. You can also preset a project name.
4. Go to "File", "Save as plug-in...".
5. Choose Plug-In for "Finder".
6. Name the project.
7. That's it!

Now, anywhere in the Finder, you can highlight photos or movies, right-click and choose "Automator", "Create DVD" (or the name you chose for this plug-in). iDVD will launch and create the DVD with the right menu and with the files you highlighted!


Blogger Jane said...

I followed the instructions and inserted a DVD, and it wont do anything?

May 19, 2007 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger Frederic Tremblay said...

Does it open iDVD? It should open iDVD. According to, it only works with these video formats: MOV, M4V, MP4, and DV. It unfortunately doesn't work with DivX (even though iDVD can handle divx).


May 19, 2007 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger Jane said...

I should try it again, as I dont make many DVDs, so not too familiar with the process. I probably just missed a step or something.

May 19, 2007 at 11:49 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Can it be used with iDVD 4.0? or only iDVD6?

May 19, 2007 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger denis said...

Don't have a DVD burner installed, so can I use iDVD to burn onto CDs as described in "Create a DVD from the Finder!"

May 22, 2007 at 6:40 PM  

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