Apple CEO Steve Jobs demoed iDVD 2, due in September and Carbonized for Mac OS X, during his keynote address today at Macworld New York. It will be a free upgrade for current iDVD customers.
iDVD 2 will offer motion menus, new themes, the ability to add a soundtrack in slideshows and background encoding. It also allows users to make DVDs that can hold up to 90 minutes of material, compared to 60 minutes in the original version. To add motion video to the DVD’s menu buttons or background, users simply drag and drop iMovies or QuickTime files into the iDVD 2 interface.
“This the second generation of a truly breakthrough application that is a perfect match with iMovie,” Jobs said.
“By the end of the calendar year, research shows that there will be 28 million DVD players in the U.S. alone,” Jobs said. “That’s one in every four households. DVDs are exploding.”
iDVD 2 lets you:
Create DVDs based on Apple’s themes, featuring motion backgrounds and menus, that assist in the layout and organization of the DVD project;
Take advantage of Mac OS X’s multitasking power to simultaneously encode the DVD, even as the project is being built;
Create slide shows from digital photos, accompanied by music.
“In less than one hour, iDVD 2 users can now create a custom DVD with super-cool menus that rival anything coming out of Hollywood,” said Jobs. “iDVD 2, with Mac OS X and the new super-fast Power Mac G4s, gives users the ultimate DVD creation studio — right on their desk.”
DVD 2 requires Mac OS X version 10.1 (available in September). Apple’s SuperDrive writes to standard 4.7GB DVD-R discs, available from The Apple Store in packs of five for a suggested retail price of US$49.95. There’s an online list of
compatible DVD players.