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In DVD Studio Pro we often create chapter index's to give the viewer the ability to jump to a specific spot in the video. With a chapter index (also known as scene selection) DVD Studio Pro will jump the the selected point and play the remaining portion of the track from that point. In a demo reel we typically want to give the viewer an opportunity to view all of the various examples of our work, or view one at a time. Since a chapter marker will play from the chapter point to the end of the track, we can't use chapter markers to play the individual examples. Instead we will use stories. Stories act like play lists, and only play the desired chapters.

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After placing all of the videos that will be part of your demo into a track, you will place a chapter marker at the beginning of each video within the track. Next right click on the track in the Graphical view, and choose Add, then Story. Once the Story is created, highlight it and duplicate it as many times as you need to, so that there is one story for each video. Each story will have a list of the track markers in the Story Editor, and whatever marker you drag over to the Story Marker side of the Story Editor will play when that Story is activated. By assigning one marker to each story, and targeting each story with a button from the menu, you will be able to play individual video's without having to play the entire track.
When you need a Slideshow in your DVD, and don’t have the time or budget to produce a photo montage video in Final Cut Pro, a DVD Studio Pro Studio Pro Slideshow is a great solution. Creating a slideshow in DVD Studio is very easy to do.

If you have all the pictures in a folder, you can just drop the folder on a menu button in DVD Studio Pro, and the Slideshow will be created and linked from the button to the Slideshow, and back to the menu. This may be all you need to do if you just want a Slideshow without music, that plays each slide at the DVD Studio Pro default of 5 seconds per slide. Chances are you will be willing to spend the extra 20 seconds it takes to set your slideshow to music. If you have a desired length that you would like each slide to be on screen, just select all the slides, and enter the desired duration window. To add audio to your Slideshow, you need only drop an audio file on the audio well in the Slideshow editor. If the desired duration of the slides multiplied by the number of slides is longer than the duration of the audio, you can set the Slideshow to loop the audio in the Slideshow Settings. In the Slideshow Settings you can also set the Slideshow to Fit to Audio. This will automatically figure out how long to play each slide to make the Slideshow play every slide evenly, and last the duration of the audio. If you add multiple audio files to a Slideshow it will calculate the slide duration based on the total duration of all the audio added to the audio well. 




Lets say you are producing a trade show video, that you want to be on a continuous loop, it is easy to do with DVD Studio Pro. There are a number of ways to get from Final Cut Pro to DVD Studio Pro.  After you have imported both your audio and video, you simply drag them onto either your Graphical view, or the Track Editor. Once the M2V, & AC3 files are in the Track, you will need to right click on the track in the Graphical view, and set it to be the First Play. After setting the First play, delete the empty menu, because it can cause issues if it's left a part of the Build. Last of all, go into the Track Inspector to set the Track up to loop. Set the End Jump to go back to the Track itself. This will cause the track to continually loop from it's end to it's beginning. Now just Build and Format your DVD, and you're all set!

milleniata.pngPrimera Technology and Millenniata have now partnered to introduce the first automated disc publisher to offer a 1000 year expected DVD archival life.  I had a chance to take a look at their new product at last weeks NAB show, and was quite impressed.  Some say DVD's are a thing of the past, but government institutions, businesses and consumers alike still need to permanently archive large quantities of digital information.  Milleniata's new Write Once, Read Forever optical technology sets a new standard of longevity for digital storage.

mdisk.pngCurrent DVD technology uses organic dyes and low laser power to burn marks into the data layer of a standard recordable DVD.  Over time, these marks become unreadable because organic dyes degrade in light, heat, and humidity.  But Milleniata's M-WRITER drive, uses a higher laser power to carve grooves in advanced materials new to optical discs which are unaffected by the elements.  Once written, the M-DISC is readable in current DVD players making access to information safe and reliable.  The included PTPublisher software makes it fast and easy to archive photos, videos, documents, audio and music and virtually any other digital information.  Complete product details are available at Primera's website

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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