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Use iDVD2 movies in any theme Apps
iDVD2 ships with a number of pre-made themes, many of which have impressive full-motion background video. If you elect to use the custom theme, you also get a pre-defined set of buttons and layout positions. Although you can change the look of the buttons, you cannot change their positions without switching to free-form placement. Free-form placement solves the problem (you can rearrange any of the preset themes to look like any of the others), but it's quite hard to make the movie clips align perfectly when using free-form placement.

I was trying to use the "Sky" theme, but with full-movie buttons instead of text-only (the theme's default). But if I simply used a new button shape which included the video, the buttons overlapped, since the theme was defined based on text-only buttons. And with six videos to place, I did not want to do them each by hand in free-form mode. With a bit of digging, I found an easy solution.

To use a custom theme movie as a background in any other theme, control-click on the iDVD2 application and select "Show Package Contents." Then browse to Contents/Resources and notice all the .theme files. Control-click on the one you're interested in, and again navigate to Contents/Resources. You should see two .mov files, one in NTSC format and one in PAL format. Simply drag the movie into the Image/Movie well in iDVD2 and you're done - a background movie from one theme used in another. One you're done, save the custom theme as a favorite to make it easy to re-use.
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