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dvd_studio_pro_icon.gifHave you ever created a DVD where absolutely nothing happens at the end of it?  You shouldn't be; if you notice all the professional DVD's out there on the shelves today, something, happens at the end, whether it jumps back to the beginning of the video, to the Main Menu, to the Special Features menu, something, instead of just a dead end.  End Jumps are basically an assigned element that the user returns to when the current item finishes playing.  If you do not have an end jump link, it will freeze on the last frame played.

The best scenario for setting end jumps in DVD Studio Pro, is by the use of stories in a chapter index.  This way, you'll be able to set an end jump for each individual chapter of your track.  Assuming you already have all of your chapters set within your track, under the Outline Tab, right-click on your Track, and go to Add > Story. 

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This will open up the Story Inspector Palette where you will see the End Jump pull down menu.  Now you can select the Menu you want it to jump to once it comes to the end of the first chapter, for example, a chapter index menu.

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Go back and add as many stories as you have chapters in your track and set your end jumps for each story accordingly.  Once you have all of your End Jumps set, the last step is to link your stories to the buttons in the Chapter Index.

GeniusDV offers a 1 day DVD Studio Pro Class as part of our regular Final Cut Pro class.  You don't have to sign up for the entire week of Final Cut Pro, if you're only interested in brushing up on DVD Studio Pro's skills.  The class is offered usually once a month on the Friday of the Final Cut Pro class schedule.  Call us for current schedule and pricing. 


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