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DVD Studio Pro: March 2008 Archives

Adding Audio to your DVD Studio Pro Slideshows is both easy and versitile. You can add audio to the overall slideshow by dragging your audio file or files into the audio well in the Slideshow editor, or the Audio list in the Inspector. You can add multiple audio files to the same slideshow, but they have to be the smae format. If you are using the "Fit to Audio" parameter for slideshow duration, DVD Studio Pro will readjust the individual slide duration every time you add another audio file. In the inspector you can rearrange the order in which the individual audio files will play.

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When an asset is imported into DVD Studio Pro without chapter markers, there is an easier way to add them to a Track, than adding each one individually, and then naming it in the inspector. You can import a Marker List in DVD Studio Pro, that is simply a text file. It is much easier to type in all of the specific timecodes where each marker is to be placed and the title of the marker, than it is to go back and forth within the DVD Studio Pro interface.

To import a marker list you simply right click on the area above the timeline where markers appear, choose Import Marker List, and then navigate to where you stored the text file. Once you click Import after selecting the text file that is your Marker List, the markers will automatically place themselves into the Track. One thing to be careful of is that DVD Studio Pro will bump the markers to the next GOP structure (GOP standing for group of pictures. Typically a GOP structure is between 3 and 9 frames) , and that may or may not be acceptable. If the marker is in a position that is unacceptable you can move it to the beginning of the GOP structure. If neither the beginning nor end of the GOP structure will work. . . . you have a problem. To get markers to appear exactly where you want them, you will need to embed them into your asset.

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Old habits die hard, so don't get into the habit of targeting a button to a track, and then having to assign the track to end jump back to the menu the button is on in DVD Studio Pro. If you drag your movie to a track, and then target the button to the track you placed the movie into, the track has not received a command for what to do when it is finished playing. You are responsible for assigning the end jump of the track. Usually you set the track to end jump back to the menu the button that started it came from, but if you forget to do so when the track reaches the end it will just stick on the last frame of video, and until you press the menu button nothing will happen.

This can be avoided by simply creating a button and dragging the movie form the Assets over the button and select the "Create Track, Connect to Track" from the pop up menu. This eliminates many possible mistakes, like accidentally targeting the wrong track, forgetting to target any track, or not setting an end jump. Using this technique targets the Track, and sets the end jump. It is certainly the most efficient way to develop menus.
                                  
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This page is a archive of entries in the DVD Studio Pro category from March 2008.

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