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Most movies today will give you a "teaser" as you first pop it in to your DVD player.  Just a short 30 second montage of the movie to get your taste buds going before coming to the menu.  This is called a First Play:  the element of a project that appears when the title begins playing.  By default it is Menu 1, however, you can assign any of your project's elements as the First Play.

It is important to consider when starting a project what you first want to appear when a viewer starts playing a DVD.  But to set the project's First Play to something other than Menu 1, you first have to create your project.  Once you are ready to set the First Play, you can do it in the Disc Inspector; to open the Disc Inspector, click on the name of the disc in the Outline Tab.

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Now you will see the Disc Inspector in the lower righthand side.  There is where you can set your First Play.  You can choose from all menus, tracks, stories, slideshows, and scripts within your project.

firstplay.gifNote that this is not the only way to set your First Play.  You can also set it in the Outline Tab and in the Graphical Tab.  You will see that the First Play is indicated in the Graphical Tab by a little disc symbol with an arrow or triangle.

firstplay.gifPersonally, to me, the best way to set your First Play is as easy as right-clicking either in the Menu, Track, Chapter, etc and click on First Play; note that now the First Play indicator has moved to Track 1

firstplay2.gifor you can also just right-click anywhere in the blank area inside the Graphical Tab, and DVD Studio Pro will give you the possible choices of where to set your First Play.

firstplay3.gifIn some cases, you might want to create a DVD that just plays its content without user interaction.  Setting the First Play is the perfect way to do it!





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