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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.

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If you don't label the tracks with their languages, viewers' DVD players have no way of telling them what's on the track. Sure, you can set the audio or subtitle track from a menu button (see next part in this series), but this won't help viewers who try to select using from their DVD's native controls. For that matter, users who speak a language other than English might set their DVD players to default to another language: if you set your ISO code right, then your DVD will automagically speak your viewers' language without any extra effort on their part.


It's true that the ISO codes can't store everything you want your viewers to know about a secondary track. This is especially a problem when we worry about accessibility across your audience. So tomorrow, we'll look at just how easy DVD Studio Pro makes it to set alternate audio and subtitle tracks from a menu.

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Creating a Play All function in DVD Studio Pro was the previous entry in this blog.

"Director's Commentary" - Setting secondary audio and/or captions is the next entry in this blog.

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