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Alex: July 2008 Archives

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.

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.

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