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Scripts, in DVD Studio, are awfully intimidating on the surface. Even though DVD Studio makes the process a whole lot easier than it would be by hand, you're still trying to write the sort of hardware-level instructions that would make more sense to, well, a programmer.


Rest assured, it's not as bad as it seems. In this series, we'll cover the basics, and some examples of how you might be able to use scripts to enhance your work.

When the Button List is active if you press a key on the keyboard Final Cut pro will automatically assign the function highlighted in the Button List to that key. To bring up the Button List use option + J, or access it from the Tools Menu. If a function is already assigned to the chosen key, Final Cut will tell you what function is already assigned to the key and ask if you would like to re-assign it. This is a quicker workflow than Customizing the Keyboard, but you need to know what is available.

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Having your DVD start with a short Intro Movie is a very professional look. The transition from the Intro movie to the Main Menu; unfortunately can be a little clunky. To avoid the transition all together, we can produce a movie that becomes our main menu background, and then loop the menu display to the point of the background movie that is the Main Menu.
It's easy to slap the web address on-some menu somewhere and let that be it.  Take it from the brand psychologists: if you actually want to make that nice, readable address stick in your viewers' minds, you should expose them to it by as many different ways as you can.  


So I wrote about why I don't like DVD@ccess for sending viewers to the web. But how would I do it "better"?


The simple fact of the matter is that you'll have to show the website URL on-screen. But even here, you've got design decisions to make that will mean the difference between a few visitors and none at all.

Briefly during our 5-day intensive Final Cut training program, we cover a DVD Studio feature called DVD@ccess. It's a cool feature with lots of potential - essentially, it lets you pop open a web page from within a computer DVD player. Unfortunately, some things just make too much sense to work in the real world.
Your viewers are able to set up their audio stream or subtitles from their remote, but there are potentially several advantages to letting them do so from within your menu system. For starters, your work looks that much more slick and professional. Also, you can more fully describe what's on said alternate streams - there's no ISO code for "Director's Commentary." For that matter, if you want to use advanced features like Subtitle Buttons, you can create really cool interactive experiences that people wouldn't even think to turn on from the subtitles menu (I think Rocky Horror Picture Show did this ...).

As you're laying down multiple streams of subtitles or audio to your Track View in DVD Studio Pro, notice those little drop-down menus to the left of the tracks. These allow you to set the ISO language code for the track. If you're doing any sort of multilingual work, you should be sure to use them.

DVD Studio Pro has a function called a Story which will allow you to play just a portion of a track without continuing thru to the end.  When you have videos that you want to be able to play all one after the other or individually this is a great work flow. A demo reel for example would be a perfect example of this.

First place all the videos in one track, and place a chapter marker at the beggining of each video.

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Using sequence markers can be an excellent way to help keep yourself organized. Because they appear in the Canvas, they can be very useful in keeping yourself reminded what needs to be done. As you travel across a sequence marker by marker ( shift M, & option M ) you can get all your messages to yourself, and deal with them accordingly.                
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I thought I'd mix up things on the GeniusDV blog today.  You must take a look at the wall painted animations by Blue.  It's one of the strangest creative works that I've seen in a long time.  Not sure what software was used to edit this together, but it's worth looking at. 

 

wall_art_animation.gifPay special attention to the camera work and 3D environment.  Not sure how they pulled this off.  Amazing. 

Everything seems to be turning towards video. Just take a look at YouTube and the hundreds of thousands of videos on various websites.  There is a range of websites offering ‘How-To’ videos that provide video enthusiasts with an opportunity to make money by producing these videos.


How_to_Hydrofoil_Geno_Yau.gifThere is a need for these companies to produce quality videos in order for them to generate advertising revenue.  Research is showing that if you don’t have video on your website you’re losing viewers or clicks. The great thing is, you don’t need to spend tens of thousands of dollars to produce video for the web. Yes, you can create a supplemental income by producing video content for these types of websites. . All that’s needed is a video camera with a microphone, some headphones, and a computer with some type of video editing software.


 

Avoid constantly loading clips into the Viewer. When moving from clip to clip in a sequence, you can avoid having to load every clip into the Viewer. Just set the Playhead Sync to Open, this will cause the Viewer to display whereever the playhead is in the sequence. This can be very helpful when adjusting color correction on a clip by clip basis. When working from the filter or Motion tab, having the Playhead Sync set to open is crucial, because in those tabs it can be hard to tell if you are working on the correct clip
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Lets say at the last minute you would rather have chapter 2 play after chapter 3. You can rearrange the order that the  chapters play back by using a story in DVD Studio Pro. By placing the audio and video files in a Track, you can create a Story from that Track. Within the story you choose which chapters will play, and in what order.
If you have a 4 chapter movie and you simply want to rearrange the order that they playback, you would move all chapters to the right hand side of the Story Editor, and then arrange them in the order you want them to play in.

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The Track will not be connected to the button. Instead you will connect the Story to a button, and the Story will reference the Track.
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