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DVD Studio Pro: July 2008 Archives

Scripts, in DVD Studio, are awfully intimidating on the surface. Even though DVD Studio makes the process a whole lot easier than it would be by hand, you're still trying to write the sort of hardware-level instructions that would make more sense to, well, a programmer.

Rest assured, it's not as bad as it seems. In this series, we'll cover the basics, and some examples of how you might be able to use scripts to enhance your work.

When the Button List is active if you press a key on the keyboard Final Cut pro will automatically assign the function highlighted in the Button List to that key. To bring up the Button List use option + J, or access it from the Tools Menu. If a function is already assigned to the chosen key, Final Cut will tell you what function is already assigned to the key and ask if you would like to re-assign it. This is a quicker workflow than Customizing the Keyboard, but you need to know what is available.


Having your DVD start with a short Intro Movie is a very professional look. The transition from the Intro movie to the Main Menu; unfortunately can be a little clunky. To avoid the transition all together, we can produce a movie that becomes our main menu background, and then loop the menu display to the point of the background movie that is the Main Menu.
Your viewers are able to set up their audio stream or subtitles from their remote, but there are potentially several advantages to letting them do so from within your menu system. For starters, your work looks that much more slick and professional. Also, you can more fully describe what's on said alternate streams - there's no ISO code for "Director's Commentary." For that matter, if you want to use advanced features like Subtitle Buttons, you can create really cool interactive experiences that people wouldn't even think to turn on from the subtitles menu (I think Rocky Horror Picture Show did this ...).

As you're laying down multiple streams of subtitles or audio to your Track View in DVD Studio Pro, notice those little drop-down menus to the left of the tracks. These allow you to set the ISO language code for the track. If you're doing any sort of multilingual work, you should be sure to use them.

DVD Studio Pro has a function called a Story which will allow you to play just a portion of a track without continuing thru to the end.  When you have videos that you want to be able to play all one after the other or individually this is a great work flow. A demo reel for example would be a perfect example of this.

First place all the videos in one track, and place a chapter marker at the beggining of each video.

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Lets say at the last minute you would rather have chapter 2 play after chapter 3. You can rearrange the order that the  chapters play back by using a story in DVD Studio Pro. By placing the audio and video files in a Track, you can create a Story from that Track. Within the story you choose which chapters will play, and in what order.
If you have a 4 chapter movie and you simply want to rearrange the order that they playback, you would move all chapters to the right hand side of the Story Editor, and then arrange them in the order you want them to play in.


The Track will not be connected to the button. Instead you will connect the Story to a button, and the Story will reference the Track.
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This page is a archive of entries in the DVD Studio Pro category from July 2008.

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