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DVD Studio Pro: September 2009 Archives

dvd_studio_pro_icon.gifHave you ever created a DVD where absolutely nothing happens at the end of it?  You shouldn't be; if you notice all the professional DVD's out there on the shelves today, something, happens at the end, whether it jumps back to the beginning of the video, to the Main Menu, to the Special Features menu, something, instead of just a dead end.  End Jumps are basically an assigned element that the user returns to when the current item finishes playing.  If you do not have an end jump link, it will freeze on the last frame played.

The best scenario for setting end jumps in DVD Studio Pro, is by the use of stories in a chapter index.  This way, you'll be able to set an end jump for each individual chapter of your track.  Assuming you already have all of your chapters set within your track, under the Outline Tab, right-click on your Track, and go to Add > Story. 

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This will open up the Story Inspector Palette where you will see the End Jump pull down menu.  Now you can select the Menu you want it to jump to once it comes to the end of the first chapter, for example, a chapter index menu.

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Go back and add as many stories as you have chapters in your track and set your end jumps for each story accordingly.  Once you have all of your End Jumps set, the last step is to link your stories to the buttons in the Chapter Index.

GeniusDV offers a 1 day DVD Studio Pro Class as part of our regular Final Cut Pro class.  You don't have to sign up for the entire week of Final Cut Pro, if you're only interested in brushing up on DVD Studio Pro's skills.  The class is offered usually once a month on the Friday of the Final Cut Pro class schedule.  Call us for current schedule and pricing. 


dvdicon.gifOnce you've finished your DVD Studio Pro project, you have to decide how you're going to deliver your final disc.  First of all, how many discs do you need to deliver?  Is your project a wedding video where you might need only 5 copies, a high school football team highlight video of maybe 50 copies, or is it something on a much larger scale like producing training videos for every firestation in the state?  Usually the more common way to go about it is by duplicating a disc with the recordable DVD drive on your computer or a separate stand-alone DVD duplication tower.  The main difference between using the burner on your computer and using a duplication tower is that the tower is a standalone unit that doesn't need software or be hooked up to a computer to make it work.  Using a duplicator is most effective when you are producing quantities of discs of up to about 300. However, one downfall to using this method, is that not all the discs you produce will be compatible with every DVD player there is out there.

Once you realize you need to produce more than about 300 discs, you will want to consider Replication.  This method is more effective when you're producing large quantities of discs, not to mention that by using replication, you will be guaranteed that your discs will work on any DVD player.  That's because replication uses a glass master process at a special facility.  Replication is the highest-quality and most reliable method for producing DVDs, plus the fact that it's really the only method of adding copy protection to your DVDs.  But in most cases it's just impractical since the price per disc is so high.
icons.gifBesides the normal content on a DVD, you can include additional DVD-Rom content to make your DVD more exciting or more versatile, and you can do it right in DVD Studio Pro.  Basically you're adding an extra folder along with the Video_TS folder.  A DVD with DVD-Rom content on it will play normally in a DVD player, but it can also be played on a computer DVD drive to access the additional content.  Adding DVD-Rom content in DVD Studio Pro is relatively easy. 

In your DVD Studio Pro project, click on the Outline Tab, and highlight the disc icon.  You can see the Disc Inspector in the lower right portion of the interface.  At the bottom of the General Tab of the Disc Inspector, you will see the box to check for DVD-Rom content.  Also, check the box for the Joliet Extension Support.  Click Choose, and navigate to the folder you want to include for your DVD-Rom content. 

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Keep in mind when adding DVD-Rom content to your DVD that you watch your file size on the disc meter.  You can also use the DVD-Rom content option for adding High Definition video to a Standard Definition DVD.


eggs2.gifWhat do Easter Eggs and DVD's have in common?  We're obviously not talking about the traditional easter egg here, although the term in the DVD world does come somewhat from the tradition of "hunting eggs".  An Easter Egg is an intentional hidden feature of sort in a DVD left by the author.  Some examples of hidden easter eggs can be deleted scenes, outtakes, concept art, actors' interviews, etc, none of which are included in your normal advertised special features. 

In DVD Studio Pro you create Button Highlight Markers over a video track using the subtitle function.  As a viewer watches the track, they are presented with a graphic (for example an Easter Egg) for a small period of time.  When they see the graphic, they can hit the enter key on their DVD remote, which will take them to the secret special feature. You may want to explain what the viewer is supposed to do when the "egg" comes up, or you may want to let them figure it out.  Once the special feature is over, the movie can jump back to where they left off.  I'll put this in another example of a real-world situation.  You are making a training video for the local fire department.  During the video you have an "easter egg" (probably more like a Fire helmet) where they can press enter, which takes them to a 2 minute segment of a real flood rescue they've filmed, to show as an example of what the video is talking about at that point.  After the 2 minute segment is over, the video automatically jumps to where they left off before.  If they don't press enter at the time the "egg/helmet" is presented, the video just continues as normal.


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

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