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DVD Studio Pro 3: In the Studio

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Apple's DVD Studio Pro, released in 2001, provided a low-cost, professional solution for home and small business DVD authoring. Today, the highly sophisticated yet easy-to-use DVD Studio Pro 3 allows independent filmmakers, video producers, trainers, event videographers, and enthusiasts to create professional-grade DVDs on the Macintosh platform. Pair the program with DVD Studio Pro 3: In the Studio, and you've got everything you need to embrace the digital video revolution. This indispensable book gives you the tools and know-how to master DVD Studio Pro 3. Oversized and in full color, the highly visual DVD Studio Pro 3: In the Studio is ideal for Macintosh ProApps developers--those who use Final Cut Pro 4 and Shake 3--as well as for prosumer and professional filmmakers who wish to transfer their projects to DVDs. The book goes well beyond the program's features list to demystify the entire process of DVD design and authoring. Author Marc Loy, who has been using DVD Studio Pro since its inception, goes beyond a simple discussion about the DVD Studio Pro 3 interface and entices readers to experience the program's powerful capabilities as they create eye-catching, innovative DVD designs. He covers the actual protocols involved with the DVD files and filesystems, pixel aspect ratio issues, and common "gotchas" using both still and motion media. He also delivers plenty of tips and tricks for using dynamic buttons. DVD Studio Pro 3: In the Studio explores most everything you need and want to know, including importing from Photoshop and Final Cut Pro, making motion video menus available, effective looping of video and audio, adding multilingual menus and subtitles, encoding rules for DVDs, scripting, and mass duplication hunts. DVD Studio Pro 3: In the Studio is a professional-level book for anyone who's serious about creating high-impact, professional-level DVDs to make your unique vision a digital video reality.

Table of Contents

  1. DVD Studio Pro 3: In the Studio
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    2. About the Author
    3. Preface
      1. Organization of This Book
      2. Conventions Used in This Book
      3. Comments and Questions
      4. Acknowledgments
    4. 1. Getting Started
      1. 1.1. The DVDSP 3 Interface
        1. 1.1.1. Key windows and controls
          1. 1.1.1.1. The Main window
          2. 1.1.1.2. The Property Inspector window
          3. 1.1.1.3. The Palette window
          4. 1.1.1.4. The toolbar and other useful things
          5. 1.1.1.5. Interesting tabs
        2. 1.1.2. Things you can't forget
      2. 1.2. Typical Project Workflow
        1. 1.2.1. Step 1: collecting and formatting the raw media
          1. 1.2.1.1. Apple Final Cut Pro
          2. 1.2.1.2. Adobe Photoshop
        2. 1.2.2. Step 2: importing media into DVDSP 3
        3. 1.2.3. Step 3: creating a menu
        4. 1.2.4. Step 4: adding the video
        5. 1.2.5. Step 5: linking the buttons
        6. 1.2.6. Testing your project
      3. 1.3. A More Advanced Project
        1. 1.3.1. Step 1: adding a movie clip
        2. 1.3.2. Step 2: adding a menu and buttons
        3. 1.3.3. Step 3: setting the mandatory disc options
        4. 1.3.4. Previewing the disc
        5. 1.3.5. Burning the disc
        6. 1.3.6. Making multiple copies
        7. 1.3.7. Playing back your DVD on consumer DVD players
    5. 2. Media Formats
      1. 2.1. DVD Explained
        1. 2.1.1. How do DVDs work?
          1. 2.1.1.1. DVD types
          2. 2.1.1.2. DVD physical formats
          3. 2.1.1.3. DVD application formats
          4. 2.1.1.4. DVD video recorders
        2. 2.1.2. Can I copy a commercial DVD?
        3. 2.1.3. Region codes
      2. 2.2. Supported Formats
        1. 2.2.1. Video
          1. 2.2.1.1. Compression rate project
        2. 2.2.2. MPEG-2 aspect ratios
          1. 2.2.2.1. A widescreen project
        3. 2.2.3. Audio
          1. 2.2.3.1. Using A.Pack
          2. 2.2.3.2. Audio stereo versus 5.1 demonstration
      3. 2.3. Still Images
        1. 2.3.1. Screen and pixel aspect ratios
        2. 2.3.2. Working with Photoshop 7.0 and below
          1. 2.3.2.1. Working with Photoshop CS
        3. 2.3.3. Safe zones
          1. 2.3.3.1. Title-safe demonstration
        4. 2.3.4. NTSC colors
          1. 2.3.4.1. NTSC color demonstration
        5. 2.3.5. Storage requirements
      4. 2.4. Adobe Photoshop
        1. 2.4.1. Layer effects
        2. 2.4.2. Menu overlays
      5. 2.5. Converting to a Supported Format
        1. 2.5.1. Photoshop
        2. 2.5.2. A.Pack
        3. 2.5.3. QuickTime Pro
        4. 2.5.4. Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express
        5. 2.5.5. Adobe Premiere
        6. 2.5.6. Adobe After Effects
      6. 2.6. Odds and Ends
        1. 2.6.1. Multiple audio streams
        2. 2.6.2. Multiple and mixed video streams
    6. 3. Great Menus: Layers
      1. 3.1. Safety Reminder
      2. 3.2. Using DVDSP Templates
        1. 3.2.1. Assets, buttons, and drop zones
          1. 3.2.1.1. Creating a button
          2. 3.2.1.2. Creating a drop zone
          3. 3.2.1.3. Using drop zones
          4. 3.2.1.4. Drop zones and asset sizes
          5. 3.2.1.5. Fun with drop zones
        2. 3.2.2. Playing around
      3. 3.3. A Quick Castle Tour
        1. 3.3.1. Our first layered menu
          1. 3.3.1.1. Importing layered documents
      4. 3.4. A Hawaiian Vacation Menu
        1. 3.4.1. Building the menu
        2. 3.4.2. An extra trick
      5. 3.5. Home Movies
        1. 3.5.1. Starting a slideshow
        2. 3.5.2. Adding transitions
          1. 3.5.2.1. Slideshow transitions
          2. 3.5.2.2. Individual slide transitions
          3. 3.5.2.3. Previewing transitions
        3. 3.5.3. iMovie tangent
      6. 3.6. What? No Motion?
    7. 4. Great Menus: Motion
      1. 4.1. Video Transitions
        1. 4.1.1. Creating menus using the graphical interface
          1. 4.1.1.1. A graphical interface demonstration
        2. 4.1.2. Specifying transitions
          1. 4.1.2.1. Menu transitions
          2. 4.1.2.2. Button transitions
      2. 4.2. Motion Menus
        1. 4.2.1. Menus and music
          1. 4.2.1.1. An audio menu demonstration
        2. 4.2.2. End actions
      3. 4.3. Quick Motion Buttons
        1. 4.3.1. Adding motion video buttons
          1. 4.3.1.1. Motion video button demonstration
      4. 4.4. Other Motion Menus
        1. 4.4.1. Photoshop and Final Cut Pro
        2. 4.4.2. Adding buttons to video menus
      5. 4.5. Overlays
        1. 4.5.1. 1-bit (black-and-white) overlays
          1. 4.5.1.1. 1-bit overlay demonstration
        2. 4.5.2. 2-bit (grayscale) overlays
          1. 4.5.2.1. Another After Effects detour
          2. 4.5.2.2. Creating the overlay
          3. 4.5.2.3. Fancy overlay schemes
      6. 4.6. Multicolor Buttons
        1. 4.6.1. The mask of the red death
          1. 4.6.1.1. Multicolor button demonstration
        2. 4.6.2. Clever use of advanced mappings
      7. 4.7. Layered Versus Standard Menus
      8. 4.8. Beyond Menus
    8. 5. Le DVD Entwurf Internacionale (An International DVD Project)
      1. 5.1. Multilingual Menus
        1. 5.1.1. Getting started
        2. 5.1.2. Menu restrictions
          1. 5.1.2.1. Our first multilingual menu
        3. 5.1.3. Plan ahead!
      2. 5.2. Adding Multiple Audio Tracks
        1. 5.2.1. Soundtrack detour
          1. 5.2.1.1. It's all in the timing
          2. 5.2.1.2. Exporting and sample rate warnings
          3. 5.2.1.3. One-take recording
          4. 5.2.1.4. Multiple languages
          5. 5.2.1.5. Exporting and encoding
        2. 5.2.2. Adding audio tracks in DVDSP
          1. 5.2.2.1. Audio track demonstration
      3. 5.3. A Multilingual Audio Project
        1. 5.3.1. A multilingual demonstration
        2. 5.3.2. Remote control support
      4. 5.4. Adding Subtitles to Video Tracks
        1. 5.4.1. Adding subtitle tracks with DVDSP
          1. 5.4.1.1. Adding subtitle tracks
        2. 5.4.2. Multiple subtitle tracks
          1. 5.4.2.1. The Spruce Technologies format
          2. 5.4.2.2. Timing in import files
          3. 5.4.2.3. Importing subtitles
        3. 5.4.3. Selecting alternate subtitle tracks from menus
    9. 6. The Director's Cut
      1. 6.1. DVD Video Features
        1. 6.1.1. Notes on what you already know
          1. 6.1.1.1. Audio commentary tracks
          2. 6.1.1.2. Scripts as slideshows
          3. 6.1.1.3. Exporting slides
          4. 6.1.1.4. Deleted or extended scenes
      2. 6.2. Multiangle Video
        1. 6.2.1. Multiangle video restrictions
        2. 6.2.2. Multiangle uses
          1. 6.2.2.1. A multiangle project
        3. 6.2.3. Mixed versus multiple angles
      3. 6.3. Multistory Movies
        1. 6.3.1. Multistory restrictions
        2. 6.3.2. The Story tab
          1. 6.3.2.1. A multistory project
    10. 7. DVD Scripting
      1. 7.1. DVD Scripting Features
        1. 7.1.1. What are scripts?
        2. 7.1.2. A simple play-once-on-insert project
          1. 7.1.2.1. The play-once demonstration
          2. 7.1.2.2. A smarter script
          3. 7.1.2.3. Attaching a script to other things
      2. 7.2. Random Access
        1. 7.2.1. Another smarter script
        2. 7.2.2. The play-all feature
      3. 7.3. Testing and Debugging Scripts
        1. 7.3.1. Debugging tools
        2. 7.3.2. SPRMs
      4. 7.4. Display Conditions
        1. 7.4.1. Closing thoughts
    11. 8. Games and Easter Eggs
      1. 8.1. DVD Games
        1. 8.1.1. Teaching Go
          1. 8.1.1.1. The lesson demonstration
          2. 8.1.1.2. Simulating games
        2. 8.1.2. Treasure hunts
          1. 8.1.2.1. Obscuring buttons
          2. 8.1.2.2. Trying it out
          3. 8.1.2.3. Treasure-hunt payoff
          4. 8.1.2.4. Cleaning up
      2. 8.2. Easter Eggs
        1. 8.2.1. Passwords and numeric input
          1. 8.2.1.1. A quick test
          2. 8.2.1.2. Creating an Easter egg
        2. 8.2.2. Buttons over video
          1. 8.2.2.1. The button-trick project
    12. 9. DVDs and Computers
      1. 9.1. Computer Features
        1. 9.1.1. DVD disc layout
          1. 9.1.1.1. Video and data setup
        2. 9.1.2. A video and data project
          1. 9.1.2.1. Collecting the datafiles
        3. 9.1.3. Hey wait! You used bad names!
          1. 9.1.3.1. The DVD for this book
      2. 9.2. Hyperlinks
        1. 9.2.1. DVD@ccess
        2. 9.2.2. Where can I place a link?
          1. 9.2.2.1. How do I attach a link to a button?
        3. 9.2.3. What links can I place?
          1. 9.2.3.1. Web links
          2. 9.2.3.2. Local data links
          3. 9.2.3.3. Email
        4. 9.2.4. Testing DVD@ccess
        5. 9.2.5. A DVD@ccess project
          1. 9.2.5.1. Links on markers
    13. 10. Templates and Styles
      1. 10.1. Palette Redux
        1. 10.1.1. Palette tabs
          1. 10.1.1.1. The Templates tab
          2. 10.1.1.2. The Styles tab
          3. 10.1.1.3. The Shapes tab
        2. 10.1.2. Shapes
          1. 10.1.2.1. Creating your own shapes
          2. 10.1.2.2. A logo shape
          3. 10.1.2.3. A more generic shape
          4. 10.1.2.4. Importing shapes
      2. 10.2. Styles
        1. 10.2.1. Creating styles
          1. 10.2.1.1. Button styles
          2. 10.2.1.2. Drop zone styles
          3. 10.2.1.3. Text styles
          4. 10.2.1.4. Layout styles
        2. 10.2.2. Using styles
          1. 10.2.2.1. Button names
        3. 10.2.3. Updating styles
        4. 10.2.4. A style project
          1. 10.2.4.1. A button style
      3. 10.3. Templates
        1. 10.3.1. Template elements
        2. 10.3.2. Creating a template
          1. 10.3.2.1. Using templates effectively
        3. 10.3.3. A standalone template project
        4. 10.3.4. A template series project
          1. 10.3.4.1. Testing the templates
      4. 10.4. Distributing Styles and Templates
        1. 10.4.1. Custom elements
        2. 10.4.2. Project elements
      5. 10.5. More Customization to Come!
    14. 11. Transitions
      1. 11.1. Custom Video Transitions
        1. 11.1.1. Getting started
        2. 11.1.2. Preparing the project
      2. 11.2. Alpha Transitions
        1. 11.2.1. Basic A → B transitions
        2. 11.2.2. Transitions with assets
          1. 11.2.2.1. What if I don't have After Effects?
        3. 11.2.3. Adding transitions to DVDSP
        4. 11.2.4. Getting back to DVDSP
      3. 11.3. What's Next?
    15. A. Script Command Reference
      1. A.1. Argument Types
        1. A.1.1. Type reference
          1. A.1.1.1. GPRM
          2. A.1.1.2. SPRM
          3. A.1.1.3. Immediate
          4. A.1.1.4. Jump Target
          5. A.1.1.5. Special
      2. A.2. Command Conditions
        1. A.2.1. Comparison types
      3. A.3. Script Commands
        1. A.3.1. Exit
        2. A.3.2. Exit Pre-Script
        3. A.3.3. Goto
        4. A.3.4. GPRM Mode
        5. A.3.5. Jump
        6. A.3.6. Jump Indirect
        7. A.3.7. Nop
        8. A.3.8. Resume
        9. A.3.9. Set GPRM
          1. A.3.9.1. Set operations
        10. A.3.10. Set System Stream
      4. A.4. Language Codes
    16. B. DVD Style Guide
      1. B.1. Asset Organization
      2. B.2. Menus
      3. B.3. Color Schemes
      4. B.4. Subtitles
        1. B.4.1. Subtitle content
        2. B.4.2. Subtitles in DVDSP
      5. B.5. Compression
      6. B.6. DVD-ROM Content
      7. B.7. Templates
    17. C. DVD-9 Projects
      1. C.1. Dual-Layer Details
        1. C.1.1. Layer breaks
        2. C.1.2. Track path directions
      2. C.2. Building a DVD-9 Project
      3. C.3. Burning a Disc Image
        1. C.3.1. Toast 6 to the rescue
    18. Index
    19. About the Author
    20. Colophon
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