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Understanding the different highlight sets in DVD Studio Pro is important if you want to be able to have your buttons highlight in different colors. DVD Studio will allow you to set three different color combinations, and depending on which highlight set you use this will dictate the color your button will assume during the normal.selected, and activated states. It is important to know that the Normal state is the same for all three sets, if you change the color of the Normal state in one set, you change it for all three. After setting the color combinations in the Color tab of the inspector, all you need to do is select the highlight set for each individual button in the style tab of the inspector. When you are in the colors tab, changing from one highlight set to another only indicates which set you are assigning colors to, and does not affect the button.


In most cases you will most likely use the same highlight set for all the buttons of an individual menu, but if you choose to delineate, this is what you need to know

If you have a .Mac account you can put a video from Final Cut Pro online with iWeb in a few steps. This is a great way to allow a client to preview a video without much effort. Making the site secure for only for client to be able to view the page is as simple as setting a login and password in iWeb before publishing.

To prepare a video for iWeb with Final Cut Pro, use the Using Quicktime Conversion Export option in Final Cut Pro. Selecting the iPhone Format option will compress the video to a 480x360 mpeg4 movie.  The other preset mpeg4 format option in the Quicktime conversion is the iPod seting, which will output a 640x480 mpeg4 movie. Both of these options will produce iWeb compatible video.

For a step by step explanation of how to post a video online using iWeb, click here.

transition_menu.gifMaking button transitions with Motion to use in DVD Studio Pro is unbelievably easy. There are a couple different ways to do this. The super simple way to produce a custom button transition is to simply output a short Quicktime movie in either Motion or Final Cut Pro and use it as a Video Transition. The very last option in the Transition Menu is Video Transition. By selecting this option you will be able to chose an asset to play when the button is selected. The asset chosen needs to have been imported into DVD Studio Pro to be available.

 Now when you select the button DVD Studio Pro will play the video, and then navigate to the target of the button. At this time audio is not available during transitions with DVD Studio Pro. If you absolutly need audio during your transition, you may want to set the buuton to navigate to a track that plays your video with audio, and then end jumps to the desired destination of the button. This may seem less seamless than using an actual transition.

The other option is to use Motion to create a transition that you will be able to embed into the Transition Menu of DVD Studio Pro. The process is essentially the same as exporting any Quicktime movie, with two differences. You will need to set a marker to indicate where the actual transition between menu and target is to happen. After placing the marker at the transition point, you will need to edit the marker to be a DVD Alpha Transition. In most cases your movie will have alpha throughout it so that it appears over your menu and target as they transition, and you will set your DVD Alpha Transition at the point that there is the least amount of alpha on screen. When you export your Quicktime movie out of Motion you will need to tell it to Use Lossless+Alpha Movie, so that your alpha channel is present.


hue_direction_control.gifEver wonder what the color circle with the arrow in when you get to a color selection decision in Final Cut Pro. It is called the Hue Direction Control. What it does is control the direction a change in color will take if you key frame a color change. For example if you need to go from yellow to blue, and the Hue Direction Control was indicating a counter clockwise arrow, the yellow would turn green then go from green to blue. On the other hand if the clockwise arrow was showing the yellow would turn orange, then red, then purple, then blue.

Thumbnail image for video_generators_menu.gifYou can change the Matte Color Video Generator in Final Cut Pro. For a long time I would open the Matte Color, and then click the Controls tab to change the matte to the color I wanted, which was almost always white. After a hundred or so times doing this I finally had the bright idea to see if I could change the default.
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