Apple's iDVD 2 for Mac OS X Now Available
CUPERTINO, California—October 31, 2001—Apple® today announced the immediate availability of iDVD 2, the next generation of the world’s easiest-to-use application for creating DVDs that play in consumer DVD players. Developed to take full advantage of Mac® OS X version 10.1, iDVD 2 is the first consumer application that enables users to add the eye-catching impact of motion video in menu buttons and backgrounds on their DVDs.
With iDVD 2, users can create the DVD’s menu using new professionally designed motion video and still themes, or with their own custom menus design. iDVD 2 is available as an upgrade for iDVD owners, and it is included on Apple’s Power Mac™ G4 867 MHz and dual 800 MHz configurations with SuperDrive™, a combination CD-RW/DVD-R drive.
“DVD is perhaps the most rapidly growing media format ever, and Apple has the leading DVD authoring solutions for both professionals and consumers,” said David Moody, Apple’s senior director of Applications Marketing. “With iDVD 2, users can create sophisticated DVDs complete with Hollywood-style motion menus by just dragging and dropping.”
To add motion video to the DVD’s menu buttons or background, users simply drag and drop iMovie™ videos or QuickTime® files into the iDVD 2 interface. iDVD 2 also allows users to:
- create DVDs based on Apple’s professionally designed themes, featuring motion backgrounds and menus, that assist in the layout and organization of the DVD project;
- take advantage of multitasking in Mac OS X v10.1 to simultaneously encode the DVD, even as the project is being built;
- create DVDs that include up to 90 minutes of material;
- create slide shows of their favorite digital photos, accompanied by music; and
- record DVDs with a single click on the Power Mac G4’s revolutionary SuperDrive combination CD-RW/DVD-R drive.
Pricing and Availability
iDVD 2 requires a Power Mac G4 with an Apple SuperDrive, Mac OS X v10.1 and 256 MB of RAM. iDVD 2 is available now in English, French, German and Japanese as an upgrade package for iDVD owners through Apple’s Mac OS Up-to-Date program for $19.95 (US). Apple’s SuperDrive writes to standard 4.7GB DVD-R discs, available from The Apple Store® (www.apple.com) in five-packs for a suggested retail price of $29.95 (US), or less than $6 per disc.
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