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Menu Loop Points in DVD Studio Pro

Setting up your first play movie and main menu on the same track is a seamless way to set up the start of the authoring process with DVD Studio Pro. You can have a creative transition from your first play movie to your main menu that doesn't have the hesitation that occurs with end jumps. Instead of having your first play end jump to the main menu you simply set them up together during editing. When Setting up your project in DVD Studio Pro, you will tell it to play the entire file and then loop the portion you have designated for the menu.

Once you have imported the video and audio file into DVD Studio Pro you need to place them onto a menu. You can drag them over the menu in the graphical view and simply drop them in. If you add them in the menu view, you will need to make sure you get the 'Set Background and Audio' option when the popup menu appears.

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Once you have the files on the menu, you will need to make sure that the menu is selected as the first to play. To verify this look at the menu in the graphical view, if there is not an icon in the upper left hand side of the menu, then you will need to set it. Just park you cursor over the menu, and right click on it, the first option on the right click menu is to set the first play.

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Now you need to set your loop point in the inspector. To do this, highlight the menu in the graphical view, and go to the inspector. In the inspector move the slider on the loop point to the point you want the menu to loop to. It is a good idea to know the point in time that you want the audio to loop to, as the background is often a still at this point.

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The only thing you have left to do is verify that the menu is set to loop (which is the default), by looking at the “At End� menu in the inspector.

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