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DVD Studio Pro: January 2008 Archives

DVD Studio Pro allows the menu buton of your DVD player to have various control depending on what area of the DVD you are navigating from. A common mistake is to set Menu1 up as a short first play movie, but leave the overall disc control of the menu button to go to that menu, causing the viewer to have to watch the first play movie every time the menu button is pressed.

In the Outiline of a DVD Studio Pro project, select the Disc icon (at the very top), which as long as you have saved your project, will display the project name. Once the Disc has been selected, move your attention to the inspector, specifically the menu button destination. In most cases you will want to route the control of this button to the main menu, but you can certainly select anything you want.

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Using DVD Studio Pro instead of Powerpoint to prepare presentations for meetings or semiars is an option many people overlook. Wouldn't it be nice to not have to worry if the machine that you will be using to make your presentation is compatable with your Powerpoint project. Another concern is to be able to give people a copy of your presentatin without them being able to easily use the contents individually. With DVD Studio Pro you can creae a DVD that goes through a specific progression instead of being user driven like a typical DVD. Using slideshows and menus you create a presentation that goes from one to another. Slideshows are similar to an A typical Powerpoint, having many of the same functions. Menus will allow you to choose the route the prenentation will continue on with.
 
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button_drop_down_menu.gifWhen dragging assets to a menu button in DVD Studio Pro you are given five choices. They are all very similar, with specific differences.

Set Asset: This option places the asset within the button area. If it is a video asset you will be able to have it play within the button, or display a single frame of the video.

Set Asset and Create Track: This option does the same as the Set Asset option, and also takes the video asset and creates a track that is connected to the button, and also end jumps back to the menu.

Create Track: This option takes the video asset and creates a track that is connected to the button, and also end jumps back to the menu, but leaves the button area clear.


To protect yourself when sending work to a client that hasn't been paid for we will often put a watermark on the video to keep the client from making a copy, and then refusing payment. If you embed the watermark into the video with Final Cut Pro, you will have to reexport the video without the watermark.


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There are a couple things to keep in mind when adding DVD ROM content with DVD Studio Pro First there are two ways to add DVD ROM content to content. In the inspector at the Disc level, and during the Build/Format option. Both do the exact same function, but you need to be careful, because only adding content at the inspector updates the disc meter. When you add content during Build/Format setup, you won't find out that you exceeded disc capacity until you get an error message. The other thing to keep in mind is that everything you are putting onto the disc via DVD ROM content, must be in one base folder. Even if it is just one picture or movie file, it must be in a folder to be added as DVD ROM content with DVD Studio Pro.

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This page is a archive of entries in the DVD Studio Pro category from January 2008.

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