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When you pop in a Hollywood DVD, and the opening segment is unable to be paused or fast forwarded, it is because the playback controls are disabled. To do this in DVD Studio Pro it is very simple. Either a Track, Menu, Story, or a Slideshow can have this functionality.


motion_playback_controls_disabled.gifFor a menu, you need to be in the Advanced tab within the Menu Inspector. Then click the Disable All button. This will cause the movie playing in the menu to be unaffected by any button on the remote control. The same thing can be accomplished in a Track, or Story by clicking the Disable All button in the User Operations tab in the Inspector. To make a Slideshow forced, you will need to be in the Advanced tab in the Inspector, and change all the Remote Control options to not set. After the movie you do not want the viewer to have control over plays, you will want to have it end jump. Usually when it has been a first play, the end jump will be to the main menu.

web_link3.gifGiving the viewer the ability to connect to your website from a DVD is a powerful feature of DVD Studio Pro. There are a couple things to keep in mind when using this feature, to keep it from being a source of aggravation to the viewer instead of a source of convenience. 

To do a web link you will use a menu to actually launch the viewers internet browser. To do this you need to go to the Advanced tab within the Inspector, and enter the web address into the URL: window, making sure that you enter http:// before the actual address. The Name: window is there for your reference, it is not necessary to enter anything into it.. After entering the web address, you will need to check the box next to "DVD@ccess". This will cause the viewers browser to go to the web address you entered when this menu is selected. Typically the address will be within a button on another menu, and when that button is selected, the web link menu will open, launching the viewers internet browser. When the browser launches, and the targeted website is accessed, the menu that launched the browser has served it's purpose. The browser will have appeared overtop of the web link menu at this time, and since the web link menu has served it's purpose, it can now timeout, and return to the previous menu. In most instances when the weblink works properly the viewer never sees the content of the weblink menu, because it times out before the viewer returns to the DVD player.

The Motion File Browser has a function that collapses image sequences. This can create the illusion that you are missing still images from a folder. Since still images from a digital camera are imported with a numerical sequence , Motion views these groups of pictures as an image sequence. At the very bottom of the File Browser there is a button that toggles the way Motion will display image sequences. This button will toggle between a collapsed image sequence and showing all images. This is certainly a great feature when dealing with an actual image sequence, but when the image sequence is actually a group of stills with sequential names, it can be confusing if you don't realize the sequence is collapsed. This is especially confusing if there are a number of pictures deleted from the original import, because for every break in the sequence Motion will start a new sequence. For example if you import 50 photos and delete every tenth photo, Motion will display five images in the File Browser in collapsed mode.


red.gifAs has been the case at the last couple NAB shows, one of the most popular destinations of the show floor was the Red Camera booth. More accurate would be the Red Camera tent With twice the resolution as most HD cameras, at half the cost it is not hard to see why everyone wants to find out more about the Red Camera. Creating anticipation and curiosity that reminds me of Walt Disney's promotion of Disneyland in the early 50's. I over heard may attendees discussing the benefits of implementing the Red Camera into there productions. . .  I know I am!

As of right now the best supported editing platform for the Red Camera is Final Cut Pro. Using integration with Red Camera software, Final Cut Pro is the way to edit the Red Camera footage. Final Cut Pro can compress the 4K image to 2K, but even @ half resolution, it is higher than Hi Def. Apple Color will bring the 4K images in without compressing them allowing you to work with them at full resolution.

Red Camera had a number of it's products on display, but many will not be available until early 2009. To learn more about what Red Camera is doing check them out at red.com. Be sure you view the myth buster video.

Final Cut Pro allows you to manipulate the rate at which you adjust specific functions with modifier keys. Two good examples of this are using the Option key when using the scroll wheel of the mouse, or when using the scroll whell to adjust sliders in the Motion tab.

When you hold down the option key while using the scroll wheel of the mouse will cause the rate of change to go from 1X for every scroll wheel click to 10X. This is helpful when navigating across a timeline. In the Motion tab of the viewer, if you place the cursor over top of a slider, and scroll the scroll wheel, the rate of change will be 1X for every click of the scroll wheel. The rate of change will increase to 10X when you hold down the Option key.

On the topic of the sliders in the Motion tab, if you hold down the Command (Apple) key while dragging, it will slow the rate of change down considerably. If you don't have a scroll wheel, this is an option for you.


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