Join Damian Allen for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a DVD using templates, part of Final Cut Studio Overview.
In this lesson we'll show you just how easy it is to use the included Apple design template to quickly create your own DVDs with fully customized menus. We'll be working here with Advanced interface configuration. To choose a different configuration choose Window > Configurations > Basic, Extended or Advanced. The first step in creating a DVD is to import the media files or assets that you'll be working with. In the Assets window click Import.
Navigate to the files you want to import, select them, then click Import again. Your files are now listed in the Assets tab. Notice the Status LED. If your files are already MPEG-2 encoded, then the Status LED will show green. If it shows yellow, then DVD Studio Pro will compress them in the background or upon building your project depending on what's set in the DVD Studio Pro preferences. Up in the palette, make sure the Templates tab is selected.
Most of the included themes have a set of three menus. A Cover, Index and Detail menu. Double-click on one of the templates. And the Menu 1 tile in the Graphical view would show at the start frame of the template you chose. The four wide rectangles across the center of the menu are Drop Zones. Drop Zones are a convenient way to add video, graphics and motion buttons to your menus.
In the Assets window select a video asset, drag it over the first Drop Zone and hold it there without releasing the mouse. The pop-up menu presents two options. Here we'll choose Set Asset. The Create Button and Track option is a nice shortcut, if you want to create an animated button without using Drop Zones and automatically link it to the movie you are dragging. As a quick note, if you drag-and-drop an item quickly without selecting from the menu the program defaults to the top menu item, in this case Set Asset.
Go ahead and drag additional clips to the other drop zones. Click the Motion button to view the menu's video on Motion background. Click it again to stop the menu. Now, it's time to adjust the Drop Zone parameters. Select a Drop Zone to load its parameters into the Inspector. In the Name field, type a name for the Drop Zone. Next is the Asset pull-down.
While this is already assigned, you can change this to any asset in your project. Below this are the Start Frame display, Start Frame slider, Motion checkbox and Numeric selector. Move the slider and notice that the Asset's Start Frame changes. You can also adjust the Start Frame with a numeric control. The Motion checkbox selects between motion and still modes for the selected Drop Zone.
You can now move on to editing text. At the top of the menu is a default title. Select it and in the Inspector type in the title of your project. Select any formatting options you want and add or remove a Drop Shadow. Alternately, you can double-click on the menu's text and type directly into the Menu Editor. You can also use the palette to apply a preset text style.
Choose the Styles tab and then double-click any style icon to apply it. Here, we'll try out some of the Gill Sans fonts. Notice the white, black and gray variations in addition to the varying font styles. Once you are happy with the title, it's time to customize the buttons and link to your final movies. Select each of the buttons in turn, then triple-click on their labels to rename them as appropriate. Note that each button has two lines of text.
The main text is the label that will appear in the final menu; the smaller text is simply the name used internally by DVD Studio Pro to refer to the button. To link the button with the movie it should play when activated, drag the appropriate asset from the Assets tab and carefully position it over the button itself. In this case a small square under the button label. With the mouse still held down, you will see a longer list of options than before. Choose Create Track, Connect to Track and DVD Studio Pro will automatically add the movie to your project and link it from the button you just added.
Notice that the movies appears in the Graphical view as an additional tile alongside the menu. Perform this for your other buttons using additional assets. You can arrange the tiles in the Graphical view however you like for easy viewing. To preview your final DVD, press the Simulate button at the top of the interface. In the virtual DVD player that appears, test out the buttons to make sure that the linking is correct. The Simulator provides interactive testing of angles, subtitles, audio streams and navigation.
(Music playing.) Close the Simulator window when you are done. When everything is complete just click the Burn button to build, format and burn your DVD.
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