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DVD Studio Pro: February 2010 Archives

Have you ever wondered why sometimes your Status indicators are different colors within the Assets Tab in DVD Studio Pro, or even what those status codes mean? 

DVD_Studio_Pro_status_indicators.gifRemember that the Assets Tab is a storage place of all the assets that are currently imported into your project.  That is where you normally import externally created assets into the project for use in making the disc's items.

Basically, those Status indicator "dots" can be one of three colors:
  • Yellow:  means the asset has not yet been encoded 
  • Green:  means the asset has been encoded, and is ready to use
  • Red:  means there is an issue with the asset 
When there is an issue, it could be a number of things. Most likely the asset was moved, deleted, or renamed on the hard drive, or another possibility is that there was an issue during the encode.

It is best to pre-encode video assets before they are imported into DVD Studio Pro.  During the encoding process, they are split into separate video and audio files.  The video portion usually gets encoded into an MPEG-2 file, and the audio portion is usually an uncompressed PCM file, such as AIFF or WAV.

In some cases, you might have imported an unencoded QuickTime file.  (hence, the yellow status indicator) This allows you to continue to work with the asset as you create your project, and then either encode on Build, before creating the disc files, or encode in the background while you work.

So next time you're working in DVD Studio Pro, and you notice those status indicator dots are different colors and can't remember what they mean, think of them like a traffic light:  green meaning, GO, it's ok to go ahead; red meaning, STOP, there's a problem;  and yellow meaning CAUTION, something else needs to be done. 

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Going from Final Cut Pro to DVD Studio Pro using Compressor is the workflow that gets the best results with Final Cut Studio. Once your project is complete in Final Cut Pro, export a Quicktime reference movie. By reference I refer to unchecking the Make movie self contained box, and exporting the Movie. I like creating a reference movie anyway, because it gives me a copy of my project that is easy to access, but doesn't take up much space on my hard drive.

dvdsp_icon.gifCreating a Multi-language DVD is a lot easier than you think.  If you have a video project where you need to offer the audio in many different languages, basically you can accomplish this by assigning menu buttons to point at each one of your audio tracks.  In the example below, I've already imported the aif files of the different language audio tracks into my DVD Studio Pro project.

dvdsp_assets.gifKeeping in mind that when bringing a video file into DVD Studio Pro, it will bring in the attached audio file with it, or an audio file that has the same name as the video file.  But to exaggerate the example I'm using, I've created a separate English audio file, however, in most cases, your English version will be produced with the video.  So, now, first of all, we will drag our video file up into the Graphical View.  Next drag the English audio file on top of the video in the Graphical View.  Your track should look like this, so far:

dvdsp_track.gifAfter the jump is more step by step...

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