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At school we heavily rely on using iDVD for our video projects. Upon receiving our 2011 iMac's preloaded with OS X Lion, we found it doesn't seem to exist anymore. Videos have been edited in iMovie, and there is the option to Share > iDVD, but once the video renders nothing happens.

Is it possible to download iDVD still? If not, what are the other options?

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iDVD is only available through physycal media copies of the latest iLife package. Preloaded iLife suites no longer include it, and I do not believe you can download it, either from Apple or as a paid product via the Mac App Store. But if you have the media from an old machine, you should be able to install it happily enough though, it's not changed since iLife '08, so almost any media will do...

Bear in mind that if you are using for example the bundled media from an old Mac on a different Mac, chances are that the installer package is tied to the original Mac. But it's trivial to work around. Right click on the installer, click Show Contents. It will show you the contents of the installer program, which is just a wrapper around the actual packages. Somewhere there is an ilife.pkg for installing everything, but also individual ones for each app including iDVD - I don't have anything to hand to check the exact names or locations, but hunt around. Then run the individual packages for iDVD (same goes for iWeb which is also deprecated in the same way).

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We just tried using an older iMac Application Install Disk, but it failed. Is there an alternative? –  Simon Sheehan Oct 21 '11 at 14:49
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@SimonSheehan You need to use the older iMac iLife install disc, or look for the iLife package on the installation disc. It is a separate installer. –  Diago Oct 21 '11 at 14:53
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Yes, if you are using for example the bundled media from an old mac on a different mac, chances are that the installer package is tied to the original mac. But it's trivial to work around. Right click on the installer, click show contents. It will show you the contents of the installer program. This is just a wrapper around the actual packages. Somewhere there is an ilife.pkg, but also individual ones for each app including iDVD - I don't have anything to hand to check the exact names or locations, but hunt around. Then run the individual packages. –  stuffe Oct 21 '11 at 14:54

I had issues with an iLife disk I had. I picked up an 08' Mac mini, and simply copied the iDVD.app, as well as the files in /Library/Application Support/ to the new machine, and iDVD was now available

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