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Have you ever wondered why sometimes your Status indicators are different colors within the Assets Tab in DVD Studio Pro, or even what those status codes mean? 

DVD_Studio_Pro_status_indicators.gifRemember that the Assets Tab is a storage place of all the assets that are currently imported into your project.  That is where you normally import externally created assets into the project for use in making the disc's items.

Basically, those Status indicator "dots" can be one of three colors:
  • Yellow:  means the asset has not yet been encoded 
  • Green:  means the asset has been encoded, and is ready to use
  • Red:  means there is an issue with the asset 
When there is an issue, it could be a number of things. Most likely the asset was moved, deleted, or renamed on the hard drive, or another possibility is that there was an issue during the encode.

It is best to pre-encode video assets before they are imported into DVD Studio Pro.  During the encoding process, they are split into separate video and audio files.  The video portion usually gets encoded into an MPEG-2 file, and the audio portion is usually an uncompressed PCM file, such as AIFF or WAV.

In some cases, you might have imported an unencoded QuickTime file.  (hence, the yellow status indicator) This allows you to continue to work with the asset as you create your project, and then either encode on Build, before creating the disc files, or encode in the background while you work.

So next time you're working in DVD Studio Pro, and you notice those status indicator dots are different colors and can't remember what they mean, think of them like a traffic light:  green meaning, GO, it's ok to go ahead; red meaning, STOP, there's a problem;  and yellow meaning CAUTION, something else needs to be done. 

GeniusDV has a great 1-day class of DVD Studio Pro training offered as part of our 5-day Final Cut Pro class.  But you can take DVD Studio Pro by itself; call us to schedule your authoring class today.

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