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The Ultimate Guide for switching from a PC to a Mac
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Monday, July 30, 2007

TV safe area of a DVD!

One of the things that you have to consider when making a DVD (especially the menu) is the TV safe area. Many older TVs (many new ones as well) don't display the full image. I really figured that out when I hooked up my Mac to a LCD HDTV through DVI to HDMI. I set the TV up as the second display, because if it was the main display, I nearly lost all the Dock and the Menu Bar because of how much the TV wasn't displaying. So when you make a DVD, you really have to make sure that nothing important is on the sides. Thankfully, Apple integrated a feature in iDVD to make sure of that. You can easily access it in the View menu. It is "Show TV safe area". You also get it with "Command - T". At the same place, you can get the "Show Standard Crop Area" feature. This will show you exactly what you will lose when displaying a widescreen movie on a regular TV. You can get it with "Option - Command - T".

4 Comments:

Blogger Daniel said...

Thanks for the very handy tip, MacGeek.

July 30, 2007 at 6:20 AM  
Blogger Lindenguard said...

It doesn't show you exact anything, because every TV has an unique overscan which you can't predict

July 30, 2007 at 8:32 AM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

Lindenguard: You don't know exactly what you'll see on your TV. But the TV safe area is what you are sure to see.

MacGeek

July 30, 2007 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger Lynneth Fox said...

Nice tip! They sure didn't told me this when I was buying mine on the Apple retail stores

May 27, 2009 at 1:40 AM  

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