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DVD Studio Pro: August 2009 Archives

Yesterday, we talked about the pre-planning stage and storyboarding in DVD Studio Pro, before you even start your project.  Next, you may want to check your Preferences, and it's important to know what each of them mean, so let's explore the Preference Pane.  We find Preferences under the DVD Studio Pro Menu.


The Preferences Pane lists everything that applies to the overall DVD project.  It also contains several other panes each containing settings for specific areas of DVD Studio Pro.  Even though you can make most of the changes within the editor and inspector windows, it will save you some time to select these settings now.

preferencepanes.gifPROJECT PREFERENCES
  • DVD Standard:  here is where you choose whether a project is SD or HD
  • Video Standard: choose if you are creating NTSC or PAL
  • Default Language
  • Applies to new projects being created, not projects that are currently open

While we've discussed storyboarding in Final Cut Pro sometime ago, it's always a good idea to plan out the way you want the buttons and links to work in your DVD project and create a storyboard here too, even before you begin your project.  It's kind of like a road map that helps you simplify the process.  By storyboarding, you may not make as many mistakes, and you may become aware of other problems like missing media or graphics.  By making a storyboard, it holds you accountable for all of the elements you need in your DVD.  This process covers the first two steps of making a DVD project; Planning and Creating.

The best way to create a storyboard is to make a visual diagram, kind of like a flowchart.  Your diagram should show you the path that the viewer will follow, from menu to menu, button to track.  Start by listing all of the media you are going to include as well as any extras you want in your DVD.  Think about how many menus you're going to need to link it all together.  Then start to draw your chart; each item in your DVD, whether it's a menu, video track, slideshow, etc, gets it's own box.

Once you have a diagram on paper of what you want your storyboard to look like, it's time to create that diagram within DVD Studio Pro.  You can do this by using the Graphical View.  Remember, you should be doing this process before even starting your project; it's not necessary to have your assets imported at this point.  You're merely constructing the skeleton of which you'll drop your assets into later.


You can tell deliver a Standard Definition DVD, with HD versions of the video on the disc as well? To add High Definition video to a standard definition DVD, add it as DVD ROM content. The viewer will not be able to view the HD video on their DVD player, but as long as they have the Quicktime Player, or iTunes they will be able to view the HD version that you have added as DVD ROM content.


DVD Studio Pro is only going to allow you to have total disc usage of 4.7 gb ( on a standard DVD5), so you will want to keep the file size of whatever you are adding to the DVD ROM as small as possible. You probably will not have the space to add a 1920 x 1080 Apple Pro Res movie unless the total length of the video is under 4 minutes. The Apple TV setting will produce a 1280 x 720 Quicktime movie that will compress to a manageable size that will not cause you to need to leave too much space for the DVD ROM content.  When producing the Mpeg 2 video in Compressor, you can add the Apple TV setting to the same batch, and Compressor will do everything at once.

If you are adding the DVD ROM when you a doing a Build/Format in DVD Studio Pro, be sure to make sure you have the disc space before doing so, because DVD Studio Pro will not update the Disc Meter unless you add the content at the Disc level in the Inspector.
It would be a good idea to explain to the viewer how to access the HD content. In most cases, you will probably just tell them if they put this DVD into their computer, they will be able to access the HD content directly from a “HD Contentâ€? folder on the disc. You don’t want to claim that you have produced a HD DVD, because you have not. More and more people have their computer integrated into their home entertainment system, and for these people being able to play the HD version instead of the SD version will be much appreciated. For that matter if you know that you are delivering to someone who will be viewing your video from a computer, you could just deliver a full res 1920 x 1080 version on a thumb drive. Not only will they be getting superior HD, but it will be something that if they needed to edit it down the road, it would be ready to go right into a NLE system. 

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This page is a archive of entries in the DVD Studio Pro category from August 2009.

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