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DVD Studio Pro 2/3 Tutorial

Take your video production a step further by making your DVD look as professional as your work with DVD Studio Pro®. The technical depth and ease of use make DVD Studio Pro® the most complete, flexible and creative tool for DVD authoring professionals. Use DVD Studio Pro to design and build high-impact main event titles, films, sales and marketing presentations, training, wedding and special-event DVDs. It gracefully unites authoring power and design intelligence. author Joseph Haggard shows you all the techniques you need to design and create your own DVD menus, as you follow him along creating his own dynamic DVD menus and functions. To begin learning today, simply click on one of the DVD Studio Pro® 2/3 lessons.


DVD Technology & Overview
DVD Creation Process

Setting Up DVDSP

System Requirements
Starting a New Project
Basic Preferences

Authoring A Basic DVD

Applying & Modifying a Template
Adding Video
Testing & Burning a DVD

The Interface

Window Configurations
The Inspector
Creating a Custom Window Configuration
Palette/Quadrants & Tabs
Customizing the Toolbar

DVD Media

Choosing Correct Media
Duplicated vs. Replicated Media
Compatibility Issues
Labeling DVDs

Authoring An Advanced DVD

Project Overview
Importing & Organizing Assets
Elements of a DVD
Importance of Naming

Creating Menus in DVDSP

Adding Text
Creating Buttons
Text Button Highlights
Button Order & Navigation
Linking Buttons to Tracks
Creating a Chapter Index Menu
Linking Buttons to Markers
Auto Create Index Menu
Full Circle - Jump When Finished

Creating Menus In Photoshop

Frame Size Pixel Aspect Ratio
Television Considerations
Designing the Look of Buttons
Creating a Basic Overlay
Creating an Advanced Overlay
Applying a Photoshop Menu in DVDSP
Applying a Basic Overlay
Applying an Advanced Overlay
Adding Music

Motion Menus

Motion Menu Basics
Motion Menu Tricks
Creating Overlays for Motion Menus
Applying Motion Menus in DVDSP

Layered Menus

Layered Menu Basics
Building Layered Menus in Photoshop
Creating Layered Menus in DVDSP


Building a Slideshow
Adding Music
Previewing a Slideshow

Planning A DVD

DVD Capacity

MPEG-2 Encoding

DVDSP/Compressor or Final Cut
MPEG-2 Compression Basics
I/B & P Frames

Chapter Markers in Final Cut Pro

Types of Markers
Setting Markers

Using Compressor

Exporting/Importing From Final Cut Pro
Preset/Destination & Filename
Customizing Presets
Creating New Presets
Managing Destinations
Batch Encoding
Batch Monitor
Locating & Viewing Encoded Files

Using A.Pack

PCM vs. AC3
Encoding Stereo Audio
Encoding 5.1 Surround


Benefits of Stories
Stories as Playlists
Using Stories With an Index Menu


Purpose of Scripts
Creating a Random Play Script
Simulating Random Play

Transition Movies

Purpose of Transition Movies
Creating Transition Movies
Linking Transition Movies


Creating Shapes in Photoshop
Applying Shapes in DVDSP


Usefulness of Templates
Creating a Menu Template
Applying a Template
Applying a Template for Index Menu


Creating Subtitles
Changing Font/Size & Color

Multiple Streams

Multiple Angles
Multiple Audio & Subtitle Streams

Setup Menus

Purpose & Assigning Streams to Buttons
Linking of Setup Menu


Potential & Limitations of Web Access
Linking Menu to Web
Linking Menu to Email

Hybrid DVD

Purpose of DVD-ROM Content
Adding a Local Website
File Path Considerations

Working With 16x9

16x9 Anamorphic
16x9 in FCP & Compressor
16x9 Video in DVDSP
16x9 Menus

Advanced Connections

The Connections Tab
Establishing Connections
Final Testing Check & Re-Check

Building & Formatting A DVD

Building a DVD
Testing in DVD Player
Burning in Toast
Building & Formating in DVDSP

Intro To DVDSP 3

Overview of New Features
Copying & Pasting

Graphical View

Viewing Options
Managing Tiles
Managing Project Elements


Menu Transitions
Slideshow Transitions
Transitions in Tracks

Advanced Tricks

White Rabbit
Easter Eggs




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